I am supposed to write a 15-20 page essay on what I have learned about spirituality and, in part, how it has affected my life. A blog is much too confined a space to take a walk down that very long road, but I think it comes down to a few things, one in particular.
If someone is truly spiritual, no matter what aspect that spirituality assumes, the spirituality must be manifested in action. Love is an action, not an emotion, and a truly spiritual person should act in a loving way.
Loving for me, includes refraining from gossiping about, thinking of, or treating anyone or anything in an unjust way. It is remarkable how little I realize how often I make judgments about how others live or act until I try NOT to make those judgments. Try it if you don’t believe me!
Love is an act. and it includes thoughts, words, and deeds. Everyone carries a burden, a cross if you will, in life. Some burdens are more visible than others, but we all have them. Simply ask, ‘do my acts, thoughts, words, deeds, add to a person’s load, or help them to carry it?” I suspect that not only do we add to others’ loads, we add to our own far more often than we realize. So, are you helping to ‘tote’ a person’s burden, or just loading it?