A spiritual life is amazing. I like it much more than a life focused on money or achievement. Still, money and achievement are necessary for certain levels of comfort in this world. It can be a challenge to work out a balance between spiritual and pragmatic.
I'm big on learning from others when possible. Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now incorporates teachings from several spiritual teachers, and his ideas are clear. I like listening to him, and I don't agree with everything he says. Some of his advice is awful for someone in an abusive situation (for example: let all negativity flow through you. No! Don't do this if someone is hurting you.) His teachings require critical thought -- just as all religious and spiritual teachings require judgment.
One thing I've found with religion and spirituality is that their high-level ideals work well for some and sometimes hurt others. My issue with that spiritual leader here in town is that she didn't appear to grasp the concept of compassion. How can you be a spiritual leader and not grasp compassion? I don't know. I do know that she didn't seem to be able to recognize or enforce healthy emotional boundaries. My uncle, the one who runs the Christian church here in town, he doesn't appear to practice healthy emotion boundaries either. So, just because you can assert reasons for existence doesn't mean you practice kind interaction skills.
Yes, let's love each other and create connection. Let's also tell people to stay away when that's necessary. Being a spiritual person doesn't mean that everyone gets to s*it on you. It means you value yourself and others and you also know when to say no.
Well hello there.