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A Litmus Test for Spiritual Maturity

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. So today let's explore the question, what does spiritual maturity look like? And is there a criteria by which we could measure some kind of degree of success in our own practice? So, although progress on the path of waking up unfolds differently for every one of us, and there's not a straight path, you know, there's times that are more challenging and rocky and there's times that are much more easeful. But over time, there are two particular qualities that emerges what we could call fruits of sustained practice. These are the signatures of somebody who's able to really hold more presence in their life. And these of course are also two criteria by which you can get some rough measure of success in your own practice.

Now it's not to do with how long you could meditate or what kinds of special experiences you might've had. But rather you can measure some form of success in this practice, by the degree of peace that you feel within and the degree of wisdom and kindness expressed in your actions. So as the sixth Zen patriarch said, "Do not tell me that kindness and awareness are separate. Awareness is the foundation of kindness and kindness is the expression of awareness." So each time we practice mindfulness, we tap into what Ram Dass calls, the loving awareness at the heart of who we are. And we tap into the qualities that come with it.

Wisdom, compassion, kindness, peace, and joy. And with repeated practice, those qualities become a way of being. And then of course they affect everyone we know, and everyone we meet. So knowing that, I'd like to thank you for your practice and invite you to join me for today's meditation in the spirit of u, cultivating more inner peace, kindness, and wisdom, both within us and without.

Melli O'Brien

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A Litmus Test for Spiritual Maturity

Personalized support for learning how to integrate mindfulness into your life. Delivered fresh everyday by our world renowned experts. Choose meditation duration:

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. So today let's explore the question, what does spiritual maturity look like? And is there a criteria by which we could measure some kind of degree of success in our own practice? So, although progress on the path of waking up unfolds differently for every one of us, and there's not a straight path, you know, there's times that are more challenging and rocky and there's times that are much more easeful. But over time, there are two particular qualities that emerges what we could call fruits of sustained practice. These are the signatures of somebody who's able to really hold more presence in their life. And these of course are also two criteria by which you can get some rough measure of success in your own practice.

Now it's not to do with how long you could meditate or what kinds of special experiences you might've had. But rather you can measure some form of success in this practice, by the degree of peace that you feel within and the degree of wisdom and kindness expressed in your actions. So as the sixth Zen patriarch said, "Do not tell me that kindness and awareness are separate. Awareness is the foundation of kindness and kindness is the expression of awareness." So each time we practice mindfulness, we tap into what Ram Dass calls, the loving awareness at the heart of who we are. And we tap into the qualities that come with it.

Wisdom, compassion, kindness, peace, and joy. And with repeated practice, those qualities become a way of being. And then of course they affect everyone we know, and everyone we meet. So knowing that, I'd like to thank you for your practice and invite you to join me for today's meditation in the spirit of u, cultivating more inner peace, kindness, and wisdom, both within us and without.

Melli O'Brien

4.7

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