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The Heart of Money: Shall I Take a Pilgrimage?

I feel like I’m on the brink of a spiritual awakening. I’m far from rich, but I’ve decided that I really need to quit my job and go on a pilgrimage to follow this path. Is this crazy? How can I do this without ruining myself financially?Paul Sutherland: If you truly are on the brink of a spiritual awakening, then the shift will happen—and you don’t need a pilgrimage. I believe that when you open yourself up to the spiritual path, God just grabs you and you go along for the ride and don’t try to push against the current.I would suggest simplifying your life by selling off unnecessary stuff, prioritizing your relationships, and tidying up any commitments, so that if an awakening guides you to help orphans in Zambia, you’re ready. And here’s one last bit of advice: Get a rock-solid, practical, level-headed teacher to help you through this experience. The ego can really mess things up as we transition to a humble, spiritual life of compassionate, unselfish service.Years ago, my brother opened a restaurant, and I supported him as an investor. Since then, I have become a strict vegan, and I feel uncomfor …

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Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland resides in Michigan with his four youngest kids, ages 5 to 10. He and his wife, Amy, try to be an example of Parenting for a Peaceful world, in which democracy begins at home.

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