I have a confession to make.
I use a Spoonk Mat daily, sometimes twice a day.
Despite the fact that “spoonk” sounds dangerously close to another slang term for baby batter or man chowder, this isn’t a mat designed for cleaner masturbation sessions.
A Spoonk Mat is substantially less fun than that. And although it isn’t exactly a bed of spikes, it’s damn close.
Take a look for yourself:
Don’t you just love the focus on the earth-friendly materials… as if they somehow don’t make it hurt like giving a knife a hand-job?
Full disclosure: I also have a near fetish-level relationship with cold showers.
I can’t sing. It’s not that I can’t sing well… I truly suck.
We’re talking mirrors cracking and babies screaming in terror.
Plus, until rather recently, I thought that all devotional practices just weren’t my path. So I had no reason or desire to sit down for a sing-along.
Then my psychedelic-assisted mini-awakening occurred in Boulder.
Related: My Second LSD Trip: 25 Years Later
All of a sudden, my heart was filled with gratitude and I consciously sought out ways to show my devotion to God. That’s when I “found” Krishna Das.
A health check for your practice
From time to time it makes sense to take inventory of our practice and if we are effectively “moving forward”. As a start, you may want to ask yourself some of these questions?
- How would I describe myself spiritually?
- Where am I on my current path?
- How dedicated am I?
- How long have I been practicing?
- How do I feel about my progress?
- Do I feel more centered, calm, and peaceful than a month or year ago?
- How do I deal with those less conscious that I have to interact with in my life?
- Should I be doing more or adding time or dimensions to my practice?
- How knowledgeable am I on the foundation and writers in my given path?
- Do I feel good about my dedication and consistently?
Maybe even add some more of your own if you are serious about this. I suggest you briefly write out your answers before moving on. Look at the answers and assess your opinions, perspectives, and beliefs about who you are as a spiritual seeker and where you are on your path and what goals you may have achieved or are striving to.
Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step and are now looking, right in the face, at a steaming pile of dog shit called your Spiritual Ego.
This is a nice extra piece of luggage we can add to our existing baggage of beliefs around who we are and why we are special or a victim. The beauty of this is that we actually feel good about all these perspectives because they are “spiritual”.
We now have another dimension we can add to our beliefs about who we are physically, mentally, emotionally, professionally, and financially. We have a spiritual dimension that makes us even more balanced, interesting, and pretty fucking deep.