- Therese of Leisieux
Living a life in "non-duality" does not require leaving behind the life you have. That would be duality. What is required is "integration". No matter how "non-spiritual" your life may seem, the Absolute, "God's" Love is all around you, flows through you, is you, and is available at all times and in all things. Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, a Carmelite Monk, is described in his famous work "The Practice of the Presence of God" as having an "aversion" to kitchen work, but used his work as a way of loving the Lord:
"So, likewise, in his work in the kitchen (to which he had, at first, a great aversion), having accustomed himself to do everything there for the love of God and asking for His grace to do his work well, he had found everything easy during the fifteen years he had been employed there. He was very well pleased with the post he was now in. Yet, he was as ready to quit that as the former, since he tried to please God by doing little things for the love of Him in any work he did. With him the set times of prayer were no different from other times. He retired to pray according to the directions of his superior, but he did not need such retirement nor ask for it because his greatest labor did not divert him from God."
Living the truth; living as if we believe what the sages tell us is a great start. Nisargadatta says: "'If you trust me, believe when I tell you that you are the pure awareness that illumines consciousness and its infinite content. Realize this and live accordingly." Live accordingly! This little statement, almost tacked on at the end, contains the method, the "practice" recommended by Nisargadatta. He goes on to state that if you don't believe him, you should engage in self inquiry and the "I am". But the "live accordingly" remains. Whether you trust the Guru, or find yourself on "your own", the living out the realization, is the realization.