6 Fulfillment

Exuberance – Glory

You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows. [Psalm 23:5.] Exuberance is a sense of overflowing joy. A cup can only be filled to its brim but when we have the sense that life is so abundant that our joy seems to overflow constantly, that is exuberance. It is usually
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Spirit

Spirituality consists of three elements: A sense of being connected or related to something greater than the self; A sense of internal integration, or wholeness; and A sense of being exquisitely alive, as when all things seem new and vibrant. The first two elements comprise the harmonic component of spirituality:
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Flow

 
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Transcending Ego

Some of my non-theistic friends no doubt will roll their eyes at “ego transcendence,” thinking it must be an unsubstantiated piece of New Age fluff but all it means is that we think about and express concern for others instead of only ourselves. People who master ego transcendence do not
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Meditation

Meditation is the art and practice of inducing a beneficial state of mind. When we can control our thoughts and emotions, with loving kindness toward ourselves and others, we create the internal conditions for openness and creativity, grounded in an attitude of peacefulness.
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Soul

“It’s all about feelings. You can’t get away from that fact no matter what you do.” [Aretha Franklin] “Soul” is a word people use to describe our most deeply felt experiences. In this model, which is explicitly naturalistic, it does not imply or suggest dualism, which we explicitly reject. Here,
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Rebirth

It was like entering another world, a new state of existence. Natural objects were glorified, my spiritual vision was so clarified that I saw beauty in every material object in the universe, the woods were vocal with heavenly music; my soul exulted in the love of God, and I wanted
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Miracles

You may wonder why a non-theist is writing to endorse the idea of miracles. Simply, miracles are as available to me as to anyone else. The difference is that I do not interpret them as other-worldly or ascribe them to imaginary forces. “Miracle” is a word we use to describe
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Overcoming Doubt

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. [Sylvia Plath, Letter, June-July 1953.] Sometimes we can be so frozen by doubt or fear that we cannot act: maybe we are unable to ask the girl out or sign up for the difficult class or begin a new venture. We can overcome
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Fidelity

Fidelity, in the context of Faith, is reliance over time. When our trust, confidence and reliance are rewarded consistently over time, we are unlikely to stray from the object of our Faith.
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