What Is Your Inner Wisdom?

You’ve probably done some reading about spiritual philosophies, self-help books, or even television. Do you know what your inner wisdom is, or what wisdom is? We’ll dig into what that is this month.

You might be on a spiritual journey at some point. Perhaps you’ve just read an important book called “The Power of Now,” or just watched an interesting and informative documentary. This could be a time to reflect and ask yourself some tough questions. This month, let’s get into the deep and profound.

Who Are You?

For the most part, people who are into spiritual/religious stuff are pretty clear about who they are as people. But what about your inner being? How old are you? What do you want to learn from life? What are the biggest questions that you are trying to know the answer to? If someone was to say to you, “I’m a Zen Buddhist monk who just wants answers,” or “I’m a Buddhist living in the middle of Seattle, which means that I haven’t found the answer yet!” How does that sound to you?! Or how about someone who just wants the answer to the following question:

What can I do to improve my marriage and make this relationship work for now?

You must be thinking, “Hey, here’s me. I live alone.” “I have no friends. My life is in shambles. I’ve already fallen out with this one person.” Now compare that same person to someone who is a Buddhist monk.

A monk is free; a monk is not bound to a social network. A monk has no money to blow on unnecessary and unnecessary activities. But he still has a clear identity beyond what he wears. A monk still has a passion for something. His goal isn’t to make money. His goal is to be happy. A monk still has a way of expressing his inner spirit. His meditation is a part of his daily life. His goal isn’t to get a job or to get famous or to go on some spiritual mission. His goal is to be happy, because only he can accomplish that goal. But if that monk was to walk into your office, would you be interested in listening to his story? Or would you simply dismiss his quest for happiness as uninteresting and silly? Would someone who lives as a monk be able to have a more meaningful conversation with a colleague than a person who does not? And would they have the same effect on you? If a monk can’t have a meaningful conversation with a coworker, how can he expect you to have a meaningful conversation with him?

Who Are You Not?

When you’re in spiritual or religious realms, the focus of your efforts can be in one form or another negative. For example, if you are just getting started in meditation or you’re just starting to really explore your spiritual side, you might be thinking, “Well, I’m just here to get some answers. It’ll eventually work out,” or “It’s more of a test,” or “I’ve already fell in love with that girl, so I don’t think there’s any point in me trying.”