The Traditional vs Innovative Approach to Spirituality

Which is best, the traditional or innovative approach to spirituality?

In my over two decades of teaching yoga and meditation, I’ve met teachers and students who insist on doing everything according to “tradition.” But sometimes traditions that were once relevant and helpful stop being so, and other times some traditions are just bad. But, unfortunately, I’ve also met teachers who insist on constantly innovating and throwing out what they see as “useless old traditions” without first studying those traditions and understanding why things are done the way they are.

In my experience, both of these approaches are unskillful. While it is important to study the tradition and history of the spiritual technology you are using to truly understand it, it is also important to be ready to throw out any of it that is no longer working or may have even been a mistake or less than ideal in the first place. It is also important to be open to new fresh ways of doing things and new approaches that may improve or replace old ways that may have been helpful in the past but no longer work as well or at all.

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