Written by Ora Nadrich and Narrated by Marie T. Russell. 

Evelyn Underhill, a poet and writer of Christian mysticism, describes mysticism as the “Art of union with reality,” and that reality can be filled with spiritual truths, which can create feelings of bliss and euphoria. Each of us can experience a mystical state of consciousness by being fully present and aware. 

If we think of ourselves as divine beings, which we are, and regard our body as a vessel to imbibe the mystical experience, we can experience a feeling of oneness created or enhanced by the chemicals in our brain, and consider the mystical realm as a normal reality in which to be. But instead, mysticism has been defined as “a belief without sound basis” or a “belief characterized by self-delusion or dreamy confusion of thought.”

So, What’s Delusional About That?  

What is delusional is believing that the only way we can experience bliss and euphoria is through drugs, alcohol, or even the overuse of our smart phones, which stimulates chemicals in the brain like dopamine. There’s no wonder we can’t stay off our devices when we are so used to the instant reward we get from successful social interactions. But the flip side of that is increased levels of anxiety and depression, caused by the very thing we seek pleasure from, when we can’t disconnect from our devices in a healthy way. 

Whatever it is we seek pleasure from, relying on external things to give us the high or a feeling of euphoria, we run the risk of deluding ourselves that...

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Excerpted from Mindfulness and Mysticism,
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Mindfulness and Mysticism

Mindfulness and Mysticism: Connecting Present Moment Awareness with Higher States of Consciousness
by Ora Nadrich.

book cover: Mindfulness and Mysticism: Connecting Present Moment Awareness with Higher States of Consciousness by Ora Nadrich.At a time when chaos in our culture is staggeringly upsetting, and millions are sensing there must be something 'more' but have no idea what it is, a book like Mindfulness and Mysticism paves a path beyond confusion. It speaks to the mind as well as to the heart, both explaining the mystical and leading us into it where we can realize a connection to something greater - the divine within us.

Ora Nadrich provides a traveler's companion from the delusional maze of a desacralized world, to the calm and inner peace that Mindfulness can offer.

Click here for more info and/or to order this book. Also available as a Kindle edition and as a hardcover. 

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About the Author

photo of Ora NadrichOra Nadrich is founder and president of the Institute for Transformational Thinking and author of Live True: A Mindfulness Guide to Authenticity, named as one of the 100 Best Mindfulness Books of All Time by BookAuthority. She is also the author of Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change.

A certified life coach and mindfulness teacher, she specializes in transformational thinking, self-discovery, and mentoring new coaches as they develop their careers.

Contact her at theiftt.org