Cultivating Enthusiasm in Spiritual Life

When first embarking on the spiritual path, many aspirants are filled with exuberance and enthusiasm in their newfound pursuit. … THIS POST HAS BEEN TAKEN DOWN, AS IT APPEARS IN JOHN ROGER BARRIE’S APRIL 2024 BOOK, “THE DEEPEST SILENCE AND OTHER ESSAYS ON CONTEMPORARY SPIRITUALITY.”

2 thoughts on “Cultivating Enthusiasm in Spiritual Life”

  1. Such a challenge here! Sustaining the passion of beginner’s mind can feel so very out of reach for us old folks. I guess this old hermit wants to feel enthused (en-theos) in a less passionate, more calm manner. Perhaps beginner’s mind for old folks can simply be openhearted entry into Spirit.

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    • Thank you, Elizabeth, for your insightful comment. You have touched upon a pertinent issue. Happily, Patanjali, in his Yogasutra, allows for three degrees of practice – mild, moderate, and intense (1:22). Aspirants can thus direct their zeal for practice to suit their temperament and aptitude. However, Patanjali does note (1:21), “Success is speedily obtained by those who are intensely driven.”
      John Roger Barrie

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