I got the term Spiritual Athlete from my dad. It refers to folks who jump around from one trend to another, looking for the latest thing to help them feel better. They always seem to miss the point: that it really doesn’t matter what you are doing on the outside, one has to go within, that’s where real happiness lies, there is where all cause is, and where all change happens. The outside is just a manifestation of what is going on within. The outside stuff can be fun at times, but within is where the profound is.
Living a life of peace and happiness does take a certain sort of discipline. We must be disciplined and committed to doing spiritual practices, every day. We must be committed to doing the work necessary to manifest change in our outside world. That work is inner work and it’s the only place where we really can be effective. But oh, when we do the inner work, we are REALLY effective!
Take a look at what is happening in your world today: the circumstances of your life in the areas of relationship, work, health. If there is something there that you would like to make improvements on, the place to start is within. The journey begins inside of you, and only by going there and doing the work can you effect change. You might need someone to hold the lamp for you while you dig, someone perhaps to point out the places in which to dig, someone to show you how to dig. You will also need support.
I love the people I hang out with. They provide support and encouragement for me, and sometimes even hold the lamp for me while I dig! I love being surrounded by Practitioners and Ministers: these people have lots of training and are always there for me whenever I need to do a bit of excavation work.
If you have an area in your life that you feel could use some improvement, you might want to check out the services of a Practitioner to help. We are specifically trained to do this sort of work. You can find a Practitioner in your area by going to this web site: http://www.unitedcentersforspiritualliving.org/. I happen to know that there are three Practitioners in Lake Tahoe, all of us working out of the Lake Tahoe Spiritual Living Center (www.laketahoespirituallivingcenter.com), and about ten Practitioners serving Carson City and the surrounding areas. You can find them by going to: http://www.cslcc.org/.
If you want to effect a change in your life, get someone to help you do the necessary work. You will be very pleased with the results!