spirituality

Carlos Santana’s thoughts on self-fulfillment

As for his (Carlos Santana) thoughts on self-fulfillment:

“Three things: Your spirit, your soul, and your heart. If you find those and you really find them, you’re going to realize that innocence. Those things don’t leave you, and you don’t misplace or lose them. Those are the ingredients for you to have a glorious existence.”

One of his favorite terms is “naked awareness” — the ability to see yourself fully and make changes away from the negative.

~ from a story by Leila Cobo about Carlos Santana

(If you like Carlos Santana, you might like his book, Universal Tone.)

Creating a prayer that has meaning to me

Once upon a time I lived in Alabama and had a 52-mile daily drive to work at a NASA facility in Mississippi, which gave me a lot of time to think. At one point on the trip you pass eight churches in ten miles — a friend referred to that stretch as “The highway to heaven” — and seeing weddings, funerals, and other gatherings at those churches led me to think about life, death, and spirituality.

I was very aware that I was a spiritual being since I was 16, but despite that I never cared for a religious framework; every church I’d ever been to seemed superficial compared to what I had experienced. That being said, I always thought prayer was a good thing — it helped to create a proper state of mind — so I tried to come up my own prayer, something I could believe in.

One idea I came up with was to write some sort of prayer that would honor the ancestors that led to my life on Earth. But, I thought, a problem with this approach was that my ancestors weren’t all that honorable. My mom is probably the nicest person in the world, so there was no problem there, but without getting into details, my dad, my grandparents, aunts and uncles ... there weren’t many people I was concerned about honoring.

Ram Dass on spirituality and meditation

“I view spiritual practice as the freeing of awareness from identification with anything ... One of the ways to do that is, for example, to pick an object of concentration and focus on that, and let everything else come and go. So let’s say I’m gonna follow my breath, rising and falling, rising and falling. Now my awareness can feel that muscle going up and down, that’s really where the focus is.”