How does one live the "spiritual life" yet achieve, prosper and turn loose one's natural gifts? This could apply to business, to sports or to teaching my children the "Great Lesson." Is this like dancing but not caring if anyone is watching or singing and not caring if anyone is listening?
How does one love someone, or something? How does one embrace the subtle colors of a dusky sunset, or give oneself to stirring music or a great story in a book? Meeting such beauty through intellectualized concepts crushes their naturally occurring tenderness; one simply does what comes naturally... regardless of whether or not others approve, or see the value of one's choices. This means there is no "how" to realize one's "spiritual gifts" (other than giving them room to grow)... One must allow the heart to take in what it hungers for, giving it room to reach for what it seeks to nourish itself. This means one does not "try" to live the spiritual life, but one answers life -- one responds to it -- moment to moment -- with all of its complexity and ever-changing intermittent relationships. Then the heart, thus liberated from the stranglehold of the ever-grasping mind (with its self-generated confusion), does the rest.