The Daily Dharma – June 18, 2021

View through an open doorway of a distant doorway flooded with light at the Rock of Cashel Cathedral, Cashel, Ireland

In beginning a genuine spiritual journey, we have to stay much closer to home, to focus directly on what is right here in front of us, to make sure that our path is connected with our deepest love. Don Juan, in his teachings to Carlos Castaneda, put it this way:

Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself and yourself alone one question. This question is one that only a very old many asks. My benefactor told me about it once when I was young and my blood was too vigorous for me to understand it. Now I do understand it. I will tell you what it is: Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good. If it doesn’t, it is of no use.

Jack Kornfield
from A Path with Heart; A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life

Inner Sanctuary II Painting Seamus Berkeley