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The Five Foundations

Be A Good Steward Of Your Life

Being a good steward of your life means that you are not using 

spirituality to avoid any aspect of yourself or your life. I have ob- 

served that it is very common for people involved in spirituality 

to unconsciously use it to avoid painful, troubling, dysfunctional, 

or fearful aspects of themselves or their lives. here is often a 

hope that if they just awaken to Reality, all of their challenges 

will disappear. While it is true that with the dawning of awak- 

ening many of what we regard as problems simply disappear, it 

would be wrong to assume that a taste of awakening automati- 

cally resolves every challenging aspect of human life.

Using spirituality to avoid challenging aspects of yourself 

or your day-to-day life can inhibit the dawning of spiritual 

enlightenment to a great extent, and will certainly inhibit its 

depth and stability. he Way of Liberation is a way of completely 

facing yourself and your life without withdrawing into denial, 

judgment, or magical thinking. It is a means of piercing through 

the veils of illusion and awakening to Truth.

To be a good steward of your life requires you to embrace 

every aspect of your life, inner and outer, pleasant and unpleas- 

ant. You do not necessarily need to face them all at once, just 

whatever arises in any given moment. Give each moment the 

attention, sincerity, and commitment that it deserves. A failure 

to do so is more costly than you can ever imagine.

Your life, all of your life, is your path to awakening. By resist- 

ing or not dealing with its challenges, you stay asleep to Reality. 

Pay attention to what life is trying to reveal to you. Say yes to its 

ierce, ruthless, and loving grace.


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