Meister Eckhart was a late-thirteenth- and early-fourteenth-century preacher and mystic, yet like Rumi and Hafiz, he remains relevant today. He speaks to so many and touches people’s hearts. In this short excerpt from his new book Meister Eckhart: A Mystic Warrior for Our Times, bestselling author Matthew Fox shares his insights on letting go.
An overexposure to life’s realities can cause us to forget the connection we have to Spirit. In my own experience, I have found that while family and career responsibilities add great depth and flavor to my human experience, an overexposure to life’s realities can cause us to forget our connection to Spirit.
Welcome to the world of meditation—a fascinating world as varied as the people who meditate.
Charles Fillmore, cofounder of the Unity movement, emphasized that finding points of agreement between people was more important than concentrating on their differences.
Unity founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore used the cutting-edge technology of their day to help Truth seekers along their spiritual paths. In 1907 Charles added telephones to the prayer work at Silent Unity® well before they were commonplace in homes. And, at one point, the number of telegrams for prayer support outnumbered handwritten letters.
Now, with uPray—a new, free mobile app—Unity World Headquarters is continuing the tradition of finding news ways to connect to people worldwide.
There is only one way to experience "the silence" and that is to be silent, physically and emotionally silent. One of the best ways to accomplish this is through the process called meditation.
Small Investments Bring Big Benefits
Sitting quietly, with the body relaxed and the mind stilled, brings many physical and emotional benefits. It reduces tension and stress, lightens anxiety, lowers blood pressure, increases energy levels, improves sleep patterns, helps to decrease harmful body chemicals and increase beneficial ones. It does all this and much more.
Finding the Secret Place
How do we transport ourselves to this secret place? How do we obtain divine access? And, once entrance has been accomplished, how do we rest and dwell in it continuously? Another worrisome question is this: Once we have achieved it, can we ever actually lose the sacred key that unlocks the secret place?
Finding our center of peace begins with identifying the proper physical setting. Somewhere in our material world exists a space already prepared for us.
In the previous article I talked about the spiritual sense of smell, as akin to our physical sense of smell (an attraction to something). The spiritual sense of smell is a symbol, a metaphor for attraction to being attentive to Spirit hidden all around us, as well as within us. This week, the focus is on touch, which is a symbol for our closeness to the divine, the feeling of being embraced and belonging.
Have you ever felt as if someone had turned the lights out on your life and gone home?
When you need guidance, you may feel this way. But you always have a guide with you. You always have the presence of God with you to show you the way out into the light again.
Just for the moment you are reading this sentence, think about a decision or choice you need to make. Does it seem overwhelming? Is it taking all your time and energy? Are you torn between what you really want to do and what may seem right for you to do? When you put your options on the scales of your consciousness, do they weigh out in an answer that you really are not comfortable with?
Breath is looked upon as life, as spirit, throughout world cultures. Breath has both physiological and emotional connections. Breathing is both reactionary and proactive. Your breathing will respond to your physical or emotional circumstances; you can also control your breathing to affect your physical and emotional responses. Breath is energizing, cleansing, and restorative—physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. Before I discuss how interwoven breath is into the well-being of your mind-body-spirit, take a moment to assess your awareness of your own well-being and the quality of your breathing. …
When I was a teenager growing up in Cardiff, Wales I would often go on walks to the hills that surrounded the city. It was a beautiful area of farms, meadows and heavy woodland. One particular wood held a special significance for me because in the deep shade of its forest canopy there were three little streams that came together at a single point. I loved to visit this place of convergence and just sit and contemplate the little rivulets flowing together under their cover of ferns and woodland flowers.