“Non-New Agey” Spiritual Manifesto.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 17, 2011
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The kind of article that reminds me why we specify that we’re talking about “Non-New Agey” Spirituality on elephant. ~ ed.

Just heard about a new article, posted on elephantjournal.com, via twitter:

Let’s chant: how sound accelerates our spiritual development bit.ly/qVu2rU @elephantjournal #elej


We are not here to share blogs about “accelerating our spiritual development”—that is the language of ego ungrounded in suffering or genuine sadness, as Trungpa Rinpoche put it.

That’s not to say that life isn’t magical, or full of joy—that’s the point of what we’re doing. But it needs to be real joy, not theistic Anusara joy, Eat Pray Love The Movie joy or theistic hope/fear joy, or amped up drug-enhanced raver joy.

Though when we here at elephant do share blogs that represent New Agey “spiritual materialism,” we can comment, talk with the author…and the back-and-forth, 2.0, nature of the internet makes for a valuable and usually fun dialogue. And often, of course, it’s me or whomever among us that’s being knee-jerk critical who wakes up, learns something.

But let it be known: we are not here to help you become a better person. A more perfect spiritual self.

Rather, let things fall apart.

The good news is we are fundamentally aok, “basically good,” and there’s nothing to build toward. We can unlearn and we can actually relax and breathe in and out and smile, and our smile can, like a rainbow, be the product of sunshine and rain, joy and pain.




About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to ““Non-New Agey” Spiritual Manifesto.”

  1. Jade Doherty says:

    boo! i thought the < and the 3 would make a heart. so edit: 'heart this'

  2. Theresa Roth says:

    Well said, Waylon! A great reminder, that there's no where to get to…thanks!
    —- xoxot.

  3. Hi, Waylon. Did you read this article you reference above?

    It's by one of our most genuinely and deeply spiritual writers, Nadine McNeil. She serves with the UN in Africa. She has spent a lot of time in India. She is in the forefront of our Yoga Activism and Yoga Africa campaigns on Elephant. She's not the kind of person used to having her spirituality questioned!

    Not only do I enthusiastically recommend the wonderful article that is the subject of your blog, but I also heartily recommend all 30 of Nadine's other inspiring articles in 2011 alone. Here are links:

    Let’s chant: how sound accelerates our spiritual development

    Nadine's Elephant page