posted by Mind Fuel Daily
Even small changes in our actions and perceptions can greatly enhance our spiritual growth. Here are 4 ways to deepen and develop your love for yourself, for others and for the world, to become the person you most want to be:
“Nothing brings down walls as surely as acceptance.” (Deepak Chopra)
When we learn to accept ourselves as we are, we can begin to accept others without prejudice. The idea of acceptance starts from within, and can help us grow past viewing one another (and ourselves) in terms of gender, race, religion, and sexuality, realizing that underneath everything else, we are all humans.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” (Aesop)
Our personal happiness is directly related to our ability to show love to one another. Every action for another human being strengthens our own spirit, whether or not we realize it at the time.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” (Gandhi)
Holding on to anger is easy – any one of us can do that. What is much rarer and much nobler is to mindfully break the cycle of resentment, realizing that we too are human, and that we all make similar mistakes.
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” (A.A. Milne)
As humans we often have a need for immediate control and absolute certainty. But if we can learn to surrender our individual sense of urgency and trust the process, then every dream of who we want to be and what we want to accomplish can become a reality.
One action. One breath. One moment. These are the single steps by which we grow nearer to universal compassion in everything that we do and become.
“We are one, after all, you and I,
together we suffer, together exist and
forever will recreate each other.” -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“How wonderful, O Lord, are the works of your hands!
The heavens declare Your glory, the arch of the sky displays your handiwork.
In Your love You have given us the power to behold the beauty of Your world robed in all its splendor.
The sun and the stars, the valleys and the hills, the rivers and the lakes all disclose Your presence.
The roaring breakers of the sea tell of Your awesome might, the beast of the field and the birds of the air bespeak Your wondrous will.
In Your goodness You have made us able to hear the music of the world.
The voices of the loved ones reveal to us that You are in our midst.
A divine voice sings through all creation.”
~(A Jewish prayer based upon Psalm 104)