Love or Reactivity?

Via Eric Klein
on Apr 12, 2013
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At a certain point in your spiritual development you realize that:

  1. Practice is essential.
  2. Everything is practice.

You really see (not just as an idea, but as a palpable, embodied realization) that you are always practicing.

How you live is your practice.

You are always reinforcing or releasing patterns. You are always strengthening old neural networks or building new ones.

This realization heightens your attentiveness to the sacred responsibility of this moment.

And leads inevitably to a commitment to daily formal practice. By formal practice, I mean the daily commitment to formally sit in meditation.

Why is this so essential?

Through formal practice you build your capacity to meet your life with an undefended heart and an unobstructed mind.

Formal practice builds your mindfulness muscle.

It untangles the knots in your body/mind that trap you in reactivity. It frees you and opens you to embody more and more completely the truth of who you are.

Without practice—you’re propelled through life by unconscious reactivity.

In formal practice, you learn to recognize and release your commitment to the reactive patterns of the past. And you make a new commitment—to cultivate the Wisdom Heart.

How do you cultivate love, wisdom and an awakened life?


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Ed: Bryonie Wise


About Eric Klein

Eric Klein is one of the few people on the planet who is both a lineage holder in a 5,000-year-old yoga lineage and a best-selling business book author. You can get his free ebook & guided meditation audio "The 7 Reasons Meditation Doesn't Work (and how to fix them)" at Eric has worked with over 35,000 people to infuse greater meaning, awareness, and purpose into their work and lives. His book "You are the Leader You’ve Been Waiting For" won a 2008 Nautilus Book Award for being “a world-changing book promoting positive social change and responsible leadership.” With his wife and partner Devi, Eric is also the creator of the Healing Family Karma programs and The Meditation Habit. Eric and Devi have two adult sons, a ball-obsessed pup, and live in Encinitas, California. To learn more about their work (and access free teaching videos on meditation and mantra), go to


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