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As a bird needs two wings to fly, so a human being needs the two wings of existence, the spiritual and the material, to lead a natural and harmonious life.(Balancing material and spiritual lives)
Spirituality teaches us to balance our aspirations in these two fields. However, in today’s world the demands of material living call out so loudly that they often capture the lion’s share of our attention. By contrast, the call of spirituality, sometimes referred to as ‘the still, small voice within’, is subtle and quiet. Considering the demands of daily living that compete for our attention, it takes a special determination to make room for our inner life.
Here we come to the wisdom of following a daily meditation practice. When we make time to nurture our spiritual development, the inner Self responds with a lightness of heart and a deeper feeling of peace and calmness. A new understanding of our inner Self reveals a longing to return to a condition of oneness with God, and with all life. As we invest ourselves in our spiritual growth our understanding develops, our capacity for growth expands, and we experience greater energy and enthusiasm for meditation. We begin to look forward to our spiritual practice and to anticipate its nourishing benefit. Eventually, it becomes a natural and indispensable part of our existence.
"The whole idea of spirituality is to revive in us that which is sleeping in us - the true inner being - the Self."