I’ve created six principles to govern my life and guide my spirituality. It took me a while to do that. I had to think, rethink, write and rewrite until I got where I wanted to be, but here finally are my spiritual principles:
- I seek to live by the Golden Rule, treating all beings as I want to be treated. I will give the respect and consideration to a stranger that I would give to a loved one.
- I bless the varied spiritual paths people take, and respect those who embrace other faiths as well as those who reject all religion. The final measure of a human being is not which teaching she embraces, but how she acts.
- I believe in prayer and embrace the human ability to bless and transform the world with prayer.
- I rest comfortably in the knowledge that my spiritual path is both difficult and easy.
- Fully aware that I have been and can be wrong, I acknowledge doubt and remain open to new understanding.
- I accept and honor my own experience.
Do these principles match yours? Where do we differ?
If you’re writing your own principles I suggest that you keep your list as short and simple as possible. The Buddha had it right when he limited his list to eight. My six sometimes feel overwhelming, but I haven’t been able to shorten it, at least not yet. In the next couple of weeks, I’ll post blogs about my thinking and experiences with each of my principles.
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