Five Training Elements

Sacred Stewardship

What is sacred stewardship? What does this stewardship include? How am I as an individual fulfilling my commitment to stewardship, and am I acting with integrity in this chosen responsibility How do the patterns of my consumption affect the earth and environment I live within? On what do I spend my energy and money? How does stewardship relate to community? Does a good steward have an organic standard?

Do I take a stand? If so, where?

and Cognitive

How do I, as a contemplative being who seeks to understand and walk in conscious spirituality, think differently? What are the core statements about spirit and consciousness that I base my thinking upon? What story do I tell myself and others about the deepest qualities of spirit, and how does this story influence behavior in my life? Do I choose the clarity of wisdom and non-judgmental awareness and the warmth of compassion over self righteousness and selfishness?

Am I willing to change my mind?

Emotional Maturity and Integrity

Am I capable of experiencing the deeper feelings of fear, sadness, grief and compassion which underlie my normal conditioned reactions of anger and shame? Am I then willing to choose to respond from the truth of compassion that this deeper realization brings forth?

Do I realize that I choose my reactions to feelings, and am I willing to make other choices? Am I willing to stay mindful and watch a negative reaction like anger or shame manifest, and then skillfully and compassionately choose another response? Do I realize the angst of negative emotional reactions as liberating Emotional Koans, and embrace these opportunities for Mondo Zen transformational practice?

Am I willing to enter into transformational awareness and actually change the way I react and feel?

Conscious Embodiment

Am I comfortable and at ease in my body? Am I fit and ready to respond as a warrior who might need to defend his/her family? Do I delight in this body enough to give a dance performance at the drop of a hat?

Is it necessary to have a conscious embodiment practice to remain physically aware and fit?

Genuine Insight

Have I tasted the pure, sweet truth of the Divinity within myself? Do I consider my personal insight and self-realization adequate? Have I experienced the freedom that is promised and offered by all of the contemplative traditions?

Where could the kingdom of heaven really lie if not within me?