18. The Remarkable Link Between Suffering and Enthusiasm

The great spiritual teachers say that you can and should have great days even during a pandemic. It just requires dropping some hard-to-drop things.

In this time of Covid-19, great spiritual teachers remind us that, counterintuitively, a daily experience of enthusiasm, joy and love not only is our birthright, but is the thing that will give us the best chance of responding well to whatever circumstances come our way. But of course spiritual teachings like theirs run the risk of encouraging a false front or of being superficial--the thing that these teachers most definitely are not. They avoid these problems by tying their key teachings to Jesus's cross--to understanding the suffering of our life in an entirely new and powerful way. Dave Schmelzer looks at why this is uniquely powerful during this worldwide crisis.

Mentioned on this podcast:
 
Luke 9:23; John 12:24; Ephesians 3:16; Proverbs 23:7; Psalm 51:6; 2 Corinthians 4:16; Romans 7:22; 1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 20:27; 1 Corinthians 1:18
 
A modern book which highlights many of the points made here: The Untethered Soul, by Michael A. Singer
 
Episode genre(s): 
Spirituality
Episode artist(s): 
Dave Schmelzer
Podcast: 
Journey On with Dave Schmelzer