Welcome to my blog---an eyes-open, no-holds-barred exploration of Western and Eastern spirituality, mindfulness, philosophy and literature. A member of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, I lectured at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry to mental health workers for 14 years and also lectured for 16 years at the University of Technology, Sydney. My interests include the psychology of religion, transformative ritual, mythology and addiction recovery.
Friday, May 22, 2015
is holiness? Well, I am not going to give you some sanctimonious,
holier-than-thou, happy-clappy definition of holiness. No, I will take you
straight to the etymological meaning of the word itself. That is the right way
what do we find? Well, I will spare you the Old High German, the Old English,
the proto-German, and the Old Norse words that are connected with the English
word holiness and will simply say this---the word ‘holiness’ denotes wholeness,
completeness, perfection, healthiness and even happiness. The word also refers
to that which brings about a state of health and completeness.
here’s something from the Buddha about holiness. I hope you find it helpful.
Buddha was once asked, ‘What makes a person holy?’ This is said to have been his answer to that question:
'Every hour is divided into sixty minutes, and every minute into sixty seconds, and every second into a certain number of
fractions. Any person who is able to be totally present in each fraction of
each second is holy.'
there you have it. If you live mindfully, that is, are fully and completely and constantly present and aware from one moment to the next, such that you and your experience of life are one, you are holy---and enlightened. How is that? Because
you will then be empty of self. Where there is oneness, there is emptiness of self. So, the 'secret' to life is to experience each moment to its fullest. Once a moment is gone, it can never be relived. Here is a paradox of enormous proportions---time is movement, yet the time is always 'now'! It is always the 'eternal now'---the ever-present and everywhere-present portalthrough which we experience what we call the 'present moment.' So live your life now. Drop thoughts of the past. Drop thoughts of the future. Drop images and mental abstractions. Just be totally 'there' in the present each and every moment.
course, right thoughts, right speech, right actions and a number of other
important things such as a healthy diet and lifestyle and good genes will help
to ensure total health of both mind and body---for you are a mind-body
continuum---but if you practise continual presence, that is, ceaseless awareness, of both mind and body as well as your surrounds in the eternal now,you will be a long way along
the path to being whole and complete, that is, holy.