Further to yesterday’s post I turn to another traveller, one more experienced and disciplined, for guidance on how to live authentically. Wayne Teasdale (1945-2004), a lay monk in the Catholic as well as Hindu traditions, speaks of a “universal spirituality” with eight practical elements: solidarity with all life, moral capacity, nonviolence, self-knowledge, selfless service, simplicity of lifestyle, daily practice, and active witnessing of peace and justice. He writes:
“Simplicity has a way of focusing our attention on what is absolutely essential; it goes to the core of our being and strips away all the distractions that compete for our attention. It directs us to the utter seriousness of the spiritual journey, and relieves us of any crutches we have relied on.
“Simplicity, as a virtue, knows only what is real. It will not tolerate useless complexity in how we live; it always challenges us to reduce everything to the essentials. It is not impressed with many things, but with few things used well, especially in service to others.
“Simplicity of life sees reality as it is; like humility, it is only comfortable with the truth. Simplicity is truth in how we live, unadorned and free, available and inviting to all, open to the world, and welcoming of its demands on us.”
source: Teasdale, W. (1999). The mystic heart: discovering a universal spirituality in the world’s religions. Novato, CA: New World Library, p. 150. image: epiphanygroup.org.uk.