A practical mystic is someone with both feet firmly on the ground yet actively involved in their daily spiritual practice. My spiritual teacher Walt Baptiste often said that he wanted his students to be successful in both the material world as well as the spiritual. The idea of balancing both the material and the spiritual was integral to his teachings and he was a great example of this himself.
Too often it is the material world that steals us away and demands all of our attention. But who is in charge here? Are we to be at the mercy of the winds of materiality or are we to be steadfast in our determination to do what it takes to truly transform ourselves and our lives.