Strategies and Lifestyle Changes

Strategies and Lifestyle Changes

 I identify with the study participants in Marsha Sinetar’s book, Everyday People as Monks and Mystics. They model insights, techniques and lifestyle changes that resemble my own. Sinitar uses the terms “monk” and “mystic” loosely, referring to to all who hunger and thirst for God. Not malcontents or psychologically unhealthy, they engage life on their own terms by expressing sacred values important to their identity.

Sinetar uses the term “self actualized” to connote spiritual wholeness. Because of its unending quality, we never finish the journey. She describes two values within this umbrella–social transcendence and self transcendence. No doubt, Jesus described self transcendence when he said, “Those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” (Matt 10:39) This stance implies letting go of old secure ways and dying to the old self. I began this when I pulled away from acquaintances and activities that didn’t fulfill my goals. 

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