Spiritual Exercises 1: Learning to Live
I have alwyas thought that professing and praticing a religion cannot be focused on nonsense rites and abstract theories. I think that first of all a religion has to be an "ars vivendi", a life style, a concrete attitude and behaviour, a living approach directing the entire existence.
In this perspective, the Traditional Roman Religion (TRR) should represent a form of continuing progress directed to improve us, changing the way of being in the man/woman who has decided to undertake the Via compared to the common man/woman. TRR should allow a passage from a non authentic life, characterized by unawareness and subjected to passions, to an authentic life, characterized by a complete awareness, a correct view of the reality, peace, serenity and inner freedom.
Through TRR, it should be possible to learning to live: a very difficult task in this age of darkness. Some spiritual exercises aimed to learning to live have to be focused on the control of personal passions, no-use desires and greed. TRR should somehow transform us thanks to a "passion therapy", controlling personal pushes. It primarily involves a deep perspective shift: one should abandon the human view of the reality (based on passions), in order to opt for a natural view of the reality (where the natural order of life prevails).
Cultivating attention is one of the most important exercise. This implies a continuing state of personal control, an awake spirit, a complete awareness. It means to be practised on a state of awareness about our decisions and choices distinguishing what depends on our actions and what is independent of our choices. We have to be capable to answer to the following questions: "What I'm really doing?", "What I'm doing is what I really want?", "All this is really worth of doing?"
Be focused on the present moment. Learn to dialogue with yourself and with others, Dedicate time to reading, to the practice of silence and meditation. Create good examples from which creating and developing good practices and habits. Be free from fears and discover the pleasure of "being". Cultivate friendship, love and personal relations.
In brief, this means cultivating Virtus, being inspired by Gods/Goddesses, remaining in the Via.
M. Aurelius Memories
L. A. Seneca Letters to Lucilius