Signs and Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening
Spiritual awakening is quite simply a shift in consciousness.
Spiritual awakening is not the ‘be all end all’ of spiritual development, it’s simply the tipping point, an initiation into the process of fully awakening to view reality through an enlightened perspective. An awakened state is one where you are connected to your higher self, and to higher consciousness, present and aware.
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Wassily Kandinsky, ‘Yellow, Red, Blue’ (1925)
by Maria Popova
“To harmonize the whole is the task of art.”
“Art is a form of nourishment (of consciousness, the spirit),” 31-year-old Susan Sontag wrote in her diary in 1964. “Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness,” wrote Alain de Botton half a century later in the excellent Art as Therapy. But perhaps the greatest meditation on how art serves the soul came more than a century earlier, in 1910, when legendary Russian painter and art theorist Wassily Kandinskypublished Concerning the Spiritual in Art (free download; public library) — an exploration of the deepest and most authentic motives for making art, the “internal necessity” that impels artists to create as a spiritual impulse and audiences to admire art as a spiritual hunger. Continue reading Kandinsky on the Spiritual Element in Art and the Three Responsibilities of Artists
Qigong (also spelled Ch’i Kung) is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine from China. It is the art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy (qi). Qigong practice leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil state of mind. Continue reading WHAT IS QIGONG?
Love is not a sentiment which can be easily indulged in by anyone, regardless of the level of maturity reached by him. All his attempts for love are bound to fail, unless he trys most actively to develope his total personality, so as to achieve a productive orientation; that satisfaction in individual love cannot be attained without the capacity to love one’s neighbour, without true humility, courage, faith and discipline. In a culture in which these qualities are rare, the attainment of the capacity to love must remain a rare achievement. Or – anyone can ask himself how many TRULY loving persons he he known.
Continue reading The Art of Loving, by Erich Fromm – Extracts