Embracing Change as your Spiritual Practice
Change is a constant in today's world. Technology is accelerating, globalization is making the world more and more complex, and the pace of life seems to be speeding up every day. While many popular forms of contemporary spirituality offer ways to feel better in the face of overwhelming change – to discover greater equanimity, detachment, or compassion – Andrew Cohen says that change is not something to be avoided, or merely tolerated, but an essential aspect of reality that needs to be consciously embraced.
Through his five fundamental tenets for living an enlightened life, Cohen empowers you to wholeheartedly participate in the process of change as your own spiritual practice. In doing so, he not only makes deep sense of life today; he shows you how to play an active role in shaping the world of tomorrow.
There has been nothing less than an explosion of interest in the spiritual ideal of enlightenment in the Western world over the last ten years. In Spring 2009, for instance, more than twenty million people tuned in to listen to Eckhart Tolle and Oprah Winfrey's ten-week online course about enlightenment. Spiritual titles top bestseller lists, and what were once considered to be esoteric Eastern spiritual disciplines have become common pursuits.
What do these modern-day mystics tell us? Live in the moment. Let go of the past and the future. Discover the power of now. Sound familiar? It is. Today's teachers of enlightenment offer more or less the same message we heard in the sixties, and all the way back to the time of the Buddha. And it's still powerful.
But Andrew Cohen author of the book 'Evolutionary Enlightenment: A New Path to Spiritual Awakening' published in September 2011 thinks that in our rapidly changing world, "being in the present moment" is no longer enough.
The New Spirituality is all about Evolution
In his book Cohen redefines spirituality for our contemporary world – a world characterized by exponential change and an ever-expanding appreciation for the processes of evolution. Based on 25 years of groundbreaking work as a spiritual teacher and the editor-in-chief of the award-winning EnlightenNext magazine, Cohen has synthesized an original path, practice, and philosophy focused entirely on aligning yourself with what he calls "the evolutionary impulse."
His message is simple, yet profound: Life is evolution, and enlightenment is about waking up to this fundamentally creative impulse as your own deepest, most authentic self–so that you can play an active role in creating the future.