25 Mar

Spring Renewal: Virtue and Valor

Alan Pritz
Rev. Alan Pritz, Interfaith Minister and spiritual disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, has trained in and taught inner sciences for 40+ years. Author of award-winning book, Meditation as a Way of Life: Philosophy and Practice (Quest: 2014), his private practice in Minneapolis, MN, Awake In Life, provides meditation instruction and spiritual counseling-coaching for individuals, couples, and corporations. To learn more see: www.Awake-in-Life.com.
Alan Pritz

Spring is typically seen as a season of both physical and spiritual renewal. Given the political upheavals confronting this country, and world, one could say that applies – but with steroids! It is hard to remain calmly centered during such periods but that is precisely what we must do while simultaneously acting to restore peace and righteousness to our nation and planet. In many ways what we are seeing outwardly is a reflection of the battle each of us is called to engage in inwardly. In Vedic tradition, the battle fought in the Bhagavad Gita is really a metaphor for facilitating the restoration of soul consciousness over material consciousness. And this is the spiritual battle classically fought within all disciples of all faiths throughout the ages. In short, each of us must remember who we are at our core, souls, and act in alignment with the dictates of Spirit-guidance, not, from fear, anger, or unfettered emotional reactivity. The world is a huge game board of infinite variety and cleverness that excels in drawing us out to engage in varied distractions – some good, some awful – that seem to make us forget our real place and divine purpose. Again, I emphasize that while situations around us abound in tremendous inharmony, we must re-double our efforts to cultivate and remain anchored in spiritual realization, then, act in whatever ways we can to restore peace and balance in our midst. My invitation is nothing new, “Seek the Kingdom within,” but with faith in Spirit, in your personal process, commitment to the cause, and patient resilience. Keep putting the right foot forward in ways both small and large. It is only through invoking and spreading Light that darkness can be diminished or defeated. So don’t despair, engage. And do by shining your own inner light more brightly through attunement with Spirit in whatever way you hold dear. Apply the fruits of soul cultivation – peace, love, joy – with another supernal trait, wisdom, to secure for yourselves and others, a society and planet worthy of bequeathing to future generations.

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