Life is a journey of discovery, revelation and continuous insight into the mysteries of life. The more years that pass and the further down that road we travel on our journey the more we become aware that the path we follow is a constant stream of personal transformations.
To not engage with this constant inner drive towards enlightenment is a dereliction of our duty to engage with life itself.
Life as a Pilgramage
Kathleen Downing Singh is a Dharma practitioner who lives in Sarasota, Florida. She is also a speaker, teacher and author who has written about the nature of grace in her two earlier works: The Grace in Dying: How We Are Transformed Spiritually as We Die and The Grace in Aging: Awaken As You Grow Older.
In The Grace in Living she describes life as ‘an opportunity for us to learn grace in aging-how we can nurture those same transformations as we age and awaken as we grow older.”
She describes the process of grace in life as “an exercise in spiritual biography” and “an exercise of recollection, a contemplative remembrance of the transformative experiences that have taken place , often unnoticed, throughout our lives.
Her book is sectioned into several specific parts.
In Part one she offers insight into the nature of the spiritual journey and the method of the spiritual biography.
Part two features stories of awakening by spiritual teachers whilst it’s third part is described by Singh as “an opportunity to recognise the Grace that is now and always has been present in your life.
The Book concludes with a questionaire to help the reader consider their own spiritual journey from a historical perspective along with a short biography of each of its contributors.
Our Review of The Grace in Living by Kathleen Downing Singh
Memory is one of the great tools that we have as sentient beings for it enables us to put past experiences into perspective. In the case of this book that assessment takes place within terms of spiritual transformation and personal awakening.
This is quite a specific book with an equally specific role and aimed at an equally specific demographic. To that end it’s pace is slow, deliberate and sadly, very often, cumbersome. I also found the intense introspectivenss of its author and contributors somewhat dispiriting in places.
In its favour it does highlight many personal issues that emerge as one ages and particularly so if one has followed a lifetime of spiritual practice. Although the book does lean heavily upon Buddhist doctrine the content from other contributors, in the main, reflect upon their lives within a variety of other religious and mystical traditions.
In short this is not a book that will be entertained by those at the start of their path towards spiritual unfoldment but it will, I am sure, be appreciated and lovingly appreciated by those towards the final stages of their own lifetime of personal transformation.