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When I’ve felt blasted by the storms of emotions and drama, whether it’s been of my own making or someone else’s, my spiritual practice of non-judgment and nonviolence is my ROCK. It’s a haven of infinite patience and Love inside my own mind.
So often I see folks do things that make no sense. We lose perspective and then we suffer and make crazy choices.
At times folks are deliberately unkind; they’re selfish and hurtful. People respond without thinking and are rude. I’ve done so much of that in my life.
Some people are discouraging when they could be encouraging. My practice of non-judgment forces me to look at my motivations and intentions and to consistently choose the most loving intention regardless of where my emotions are.
My spiritual practice of non-judgment is a practice infinite compassion. It is the daily practice of walking in Spirit. Just as that farm girl from Kansas put on the ruby slippers and remembered her personal power that could take her back home, my personal practice of nonviolence takes me back home to the spiritual truth of all life: I am one with all that is.
If I hate the one who hates, I’ve lost my power, I’m wearing their shoes and they can never fit. If I am rude to the one who is rude, I am living someone else’s pain. If I have no compassion for the one who has no compassion, I am spending my precious energy magnifying someone else’s hurt. Every moment I choose whose shoes I’ll stand in. Every moment I can choose anew and change the course of my life. When I make the highest choice I can reach for in the moment, I lift the world.
Mother Theresa taught us, “People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway … Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the best you’ve got anyway.”
When I look at Mother Theresa’s life and the lives of Buddha, Jesus, St. Francis, Gandhi, King, and Thich Nhat Hanh, I see the power in their moment to moment practice of choosing love in much more difficult circumstances than I’ve ever faced. I choose to carry close to me this awareness of those who went before me. This is my ruby slipper practice. In every moment I remember my intention to love and I am that. How grateful I am that no matter where I am, no matter what is happening in and around me, I can have a ruby slipper moment and come home to my heart.
I’m not saying it’s easy to live this way.
Sometimes it’s really hard to keep my seat.
Sometimes I lose my patience and feel upset.
Not a day goes by that I don’t get caught in judgment.
But I remember to come back home to my heart every day. I don’t go to bed without having forgiven. I don’t stew in the acid pool of pain and conflict. I used to, but I learned not to.
Peace is the way.
Those who desire to find Peace will find the way.
Those who don’t now, will one day change their mind.
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