There’s a disposition in the West to direct our spiritual efforts towards solitary practices like a daily meditation on the cushion, placing less emphasis on the role that interactive, human connections play in spiritual growth. While mindfulness developed in isolation can result in great breakthroughs, we’re inherently social creatures, so to guide one’s spiritual endeavors away from awakening amidst human contact is to limit its possibilities, growth, and joy. Until we develop the courage to open up in partnership with others, we bury our natural and authentic vulnerabilities. As a result, we wall ourselves off from deep emotional connection, believing we’re safer when our thoughts take charge but our hearts are not engaged.
Read the entire article here: Josh Korda on “Awakening Together”