I have a lot of interests. Here is a list of just a few of them.
writing, drumming, photography, cooking, reading, yoga, labyrinth walking, qi gong, archetypal literary criticism, archaeology, historical research, art as therapy, music as therapy, comparative religion, natural history, astronomy, church history, hymnody and worship, herbalism, and classic Rock-and-Roll
Some of these interests seem not to have a whole lot in common. Or do they? If you believe, as I do, that the human experience is a dance of the physical, mental, emotional, volitional, and spiritual, then there are elements of these disciplines and activities that overlap. Yoga, for example, unifies the body, the mind, and the spirit in its practice. When I do that Downward Dog I feel these all come together.
Likewise, astronomy and natural history, for me at least, sometime evokes a worshipful response to the creator who crafted the stars, the moon, ardvaarks, and jellyfish. The manifested world of the senses aligns with my religious worldview.
And when I cook, drum, write, or paint, I get drawn into “the zone”, which I think is some altered state of consciousness that is not unlike the state of mind I fall into when I am rocking out to some old tunes on my Rolling Stones playlist. The Stones have something in common with my Boeuf Bourguignon. Who would have thought it?
Yes, it all works together.