Each time I encounter a new difficulty I re-learn, re-apply, even sometimes re-define Unconditional Love, often responding as daily events unfold. Bhakti is a living, breathing, growing (or withering) expression that requires intelligence, a healthy psychological and emotional state, intent, an open heart, and a willingness to learn and push one’s own comfort-boundaries. But more than any of these, it demands a solid spiritual foundation.
My spiritual path supports my sanity. It drives my search for balance and personal growth throughout life’s ever-demanding changes. After forty years practicing the path of Bhakti, I now know there’s no such thing as a spiritual path or making progress in my relationship with God without dealing with the nitty-gritty of life head-on with all the love I can muster. When I fail and fear engulfs me, then I dig deeper to reveal and deal with my own shortcomings and open my heart further, trusting I can endure and will be guided. Every time I move into difficulty with this mindset—even though I sometimes make mistakes—I am enriched and learn much about myself, others, life, and my spiritual journey.
My moment-to-moment choices are inspired and strengthened by my daily practice of meditation on God’s names. My forty-year japa practice has proved that creating a connection with myself and God grounds me to enter life with more depth and awareness.