I have heard some people predict that the twenty-first century will be a century of spirituality. Personally, I think it must be a century of spirituality if we are to survive at all. In our society, there is so much suffering, violence, despair, and confusion. There is so much fear. How can we survive without spirituality? Your True Home, Thich Nhat Hanh
There is so much suffering, violence, despair, and confusion. There is so much fear.
What would a century of spirituality look like? What would a day of spirituality look like?
Each day shortly after I wake up, I think about a word for the day. Lately, my word has been kindness. My mandate for myself is to treat all with kindness, including myself. Kindness means each person I encounter is greeted with a hello and eye contact. Kindness means that I remind myself not to take the world so seriously and that any slight I may feel is most likely not intentional; who knows what that person has been dealing with prior to crossing my path. Kindness means not to assume I know best and to trust in each individual’s own process. Kindness means not to solve the world’s problems and to be a witness for my fellow beings.
It is easy to pick a word as I lay in bed before I get up and begin to encounter my family, the emails, my mental list things I want to accomplish. It is easy to imagine a day infused with goodness. And I know how easy it is to lose the calm of the early morning which means that I have to constantly remind myself that when I goof up to pick myself back up and start again. This is what being kind to myself looks like!
What does your century of spirituality look like? What does a day of spirituality look like? How do we live in integrity with ourselves? How do we bring our best selves to each occasion, big and small? How do we keep from succumbing to hopelessness?
Please share your thoughts.