It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!
I was considering today the spiritual life of the mind. You may have noticed that your mind has various patterns imprinted on it, depending on how you grew up. For me, a portion of my youth was spent with a hippy dad, who went all over the world living in various communes. Then later on I was made aware by society of the need to earn money, and that made a huge impact.
So in a way I have these two distinct patterns in my brain, the one that wants to be an economist/engineer and work everything out, steady 9-5 job, house, pension. The other wants to give it all up and follow a spiritual lifestyle of contemplation and celebration for at least a few months a year. This clash of thinking styles is quite apparent in how my mind plays out on these subjects.
When I follow my spirituality, I follow my bliss, truth, peace. When I follow my inner economist, I find anxiety on my path, and there never seems to be enough, even though I am not poor. But I don’t have an income at the moment, I seem to have arrived at the end of one career without an obvious start for the next. So I’m at a bit of a crossroads right now, and this question is very relevant to me.
I’ve considered just banishing the economist, and trying to live by just following where the spiritual path leads me. But I was wondering how other people manage this balance? How do you set your inner compass?