This is harder for me to sketch out
The resources available nearby:
My synagogue meets at the Baptist church about fifteen minutes away by bike or bus (they all map out to be about the same) or 40 minutes on foot.
St. Mark’s is two blocks away. I would like to go to the Compline service again; it has other music programs.
Also within walking distance is the Theosophy Society building. My grandmother was an official translator of Mme. Blavatsky’s works into German. So, I have an idea of what Theosophy is about, and I’m not on-board with all their teachings. However, every time I’ve walked into the center, the place has such a feeling of peace, probably generated by all the thousands of hours of meditation that have occurred there. I could simply walk there and participate in Saturday morning meditations – a complement to Shabbat services on Friday nights.
It’s also 10 minutes (in no traffic :-) ) down I-5 to the new Seattle Insight Meditation Society building. This is another resource readily available to me.
There’s also a yoga studio about a mile away, that seems to strike the right note between physical development and meditation, which is so hard to find.
And then – there’s Volunteer Park, and the Arboretum, within walking distance. Nature, even in the city, is always available. Even viewing Lake Union from my window – and on cloudless days, the Olympic Mountains in the distance – provides me with grounding and peace.
OK, so those are all the resources I can identify in the vicinity. And there’s a lot, and out of a lot of different traditions: Jewish, Christian, New Age, Buddhist and Hindu. I will figure out what is my main course, and what are condiments, as it will be impossible to do anything in depth if I am only sampling off the appetizer menu, if you know what I mean.
If these are the resources, what is vision?
The vision of the inner life is:
- I have available meditation to help me through all the bumpiness of life.
- I have places of calm, quiet, and peace available.
- I have the avenue for a prayer practice.
- I have an avenue for a practice supported in music in some way.
- I continue a journalling practice.
- I attend retreats for inner work several times a year.
- I am surrounded by benevolent teachers and leaders who are spiritually developed themselves. I treat my teachers and leaders like human beings and do not idealize them, but instead provide them with appreciation and positive feedback, so they themselves are also fed.
This inner life supports all that I do in the world.