Saturday, February 18, 2012

Developing Spirtality

The OA program is a spiritual program, what ever that means. Spirituality can partly defined by what it is not, that is to say it is not physical, not emotional-well perhaps, not intellectual- well partly, not social- well maybe a bit. It is a belief in the unseen, in the unknown things that may or may not exist.

Well these items, concepts, must be reviewed, and we can decide what we believe. How is this going to help me follow a diet. Well, if I learn something in me is not true, it is a single item, or concept that can be corrected, and perhaps that is the cognitive dissonance that is give me an issue.

The Power of Now is such a book, to bring up the subjects, and then you can decide what you believe. Remember, that even a stopped clock is right twice a day. That is to say there is a lot of Ca-ca in this book, but some gems.

First, we are animals, and some of us have developed a bit of intelligence. Ego is a construct of the mind. Much of the grief, suffering goes away when we live and think in real time. Watching our mind, emotions, and feeling before we respond, makes us better people. Accepting reality is the first step in serenity. It stops short of offering a solution as does Buddhism. Much to think about. Psychological time, OK, it is a name for the other states of time we find ourselves living in. Has it made a difference? I do not know. Two or three cups of greens at each meal may also be making a difference.

Semi-retirement is a time for reevaluation. I need to drift toward doing things I like doing, and that do not put too much stress on the body. What will the next stage look like? What is it that I want to do?

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