The 20 Questions That Can Transform

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I think Martha Beck offers us a good article that covers some of the more important questions to be asked by any person on the spiritual path.

1. What questions should I be asking myself?At first I thought asking yourself what you should be asking yourself was redundant. It isn’t. Without this question, you wouldn’t ask any others, so it gets top billing. It creates an alert, thoughtful mind state, ideal for ferreting out the information you most need in every situation. Ask it frequently.

2. Is this what I want to be doing?This very moment is, always, the only moment in which you can make changes. Knowing which changes are best for you comes, always, from assessing what you feel. Ask yourself many times every day if you like what you’re doing. If the answer is no, start noticing what you’d prefer. Thus begins the revolution.

3. Why worry? These two words, considered sincerely, can radically reconfigure the landscape of your mind. Worry rarely leads to positive action; it’s just painful, useless fear about hypothetical events, which scuttles happiness rather than ensuring it. Some psychologists say that by focusing on gratitude, we can shut down the part of the brain that worries. It actually works!

She goes on.

Unfortunately she misses the most important question, in my humble opinion: What am I?

Maybe this is next.

20 questions that could change your life –

Comments 2

  1. Charla

    I like these questions very much, yet they seem designed to create more happiness in one’s life rather than awakening and enlightenment. Not that there is anything wrong with happiness, but Happiness isn’t always synonymous with enlightenment, right? Happiness just being another mental or emotional state. I can see that asking oneself these questions could be very helpful in a spiritual practice. But i also feel they are offered up as tools for better living and a better psychological state. So these questions seem very goal oriented, not unlike suggesting meditation as a tool to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. What do you think?

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      Couldn’t agree more with your assessment, Charla. These questions, from the perspective of spiritual work, are pretty superficial. Happiness, for example, is a state that ebbs and flows. As opposed to a state, consciousness, is an orientation that can expand constantly with the support of community, teaching and teacher.

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