Core human values or spirituality in practice
When we say core human values, we think of the fundamental, positive, human qualities that all humanity has in common, at our core, and are therefore universal. Qualities that we are all drawn to, that give meaning to our life and our relationships. Love, care, loyalty, honesty, courage, fairness, kindness, wisdom etc. become qualities we want to protect, encourage and live by. Their power lies in being universal and limitless, unconfined by cultural traditions or belief systems. Universal and all-embracing means spiritual, like a thread that runs through all living beings; a connectedness that requires no introduction.
What does core human values or spirituality look like in practice? How can spiritual principles guide and help us in our daily life?
There is a statement that is often heard during personal development workshops. It’s been written in countless books. It is one of the mantras of what became known as ‘new age’ thinking. It’s the moment when someone says, “I need to learn to love my self”. In their determination to generate more ‘self-love’ many have gone straight to ‘mirror mirror on the wall’ and started to repeat their new self-affirmation, “I love my self” at the image of their face. And then wondered why not much changes. Which is not surprising as the face that we see in the mirror
People often speak of opening the third eye, but our true step into deepening understanding is to open our third ear! What this means is not merely to hear the other, but to tune the self to understand what is really being said to me. It enables me to better pick up the feelings and attitude behind the words are. This requires that I create a stillness within, by detaching as far as possible from the conditionings of my personality, from myself and from my way of thinking, to avoid interpreting new knowledge according to old patterns. I need to
In silence lies the ability to listen; to listen to ourselves, to others and to God. Listening is a lost art. Without it we cannot communicate, we cannot relate to each other and so we cannot live meaningfully. We need to learn to listen. Sitting in silence allows us to listen to ourselves and to understand. This silence can heal. The worries, the pain can be healed when we listen. Spiritual medicine is ever present in the soul. Whenever we need it, to whatever extent we need it, we can find it within. The disease of anger need the medicine
Inside each of us there are two wolves fighting. One is fear, arrogance, greed, anger, hatred and despair. The other is love, humility, generosity, courage and calm. You usually say that the one you feed wins. But, in fact, victory does not lie in wiping out the scared and angry wolf, but in winning its heart with empathy, love and respect. By nourishing the loving wolf it will become able to take care of and melt the heart of the fearful and desperate wolf. When the fearful wolf have been cured of its fear and despair, the two wolves will merge
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The key to real, continuous inner happiness lies in the attitude of my own mind; how I choose relate. It is all about transforming a negative attitude to a positive attitude by maintaining good wishes, no matter what. With a negative attitude, I am the one feeling distressed in my own mind. If I have waste thoughts, feeling critical or worried, what am I contributing? How can I bring benefit? So first of all, I must check my own self: am I carrying any conflict in my own mind? To be clear about what is accurate and inaccurate is necessary.
Humility is not subservience or undervaluing myself, but the ability to recognise and bow in front of the greatness of others with true appreciation. Humility emerges when I respect myself, not for my roles or my achievements, but by recognising what I am inside, a well-wishing peaceful being and not dependent on approval from others.
As part of our 'Wednesday Wisdom' series, in this article we look at 'subtle connections'. "When I see that every living being gravitates towards kindness, care, respect and honesty, even when expressed in just very small gestures, I recall that there are some basic ‘core human values’ which we all have in common."
As part of our 'Wednesday Wisdom' series, in this article we look at 'Self-realisation: I am spirit'. "When I recognise that I am spirit, the eternal life-energy playing my part through my body, all the scattered parts of my life come together and I begin to see the bigger picture."