Twelve Keys of Spiritual Activism
“Compassionate action involves working with ourselves as much as working with others.” ~ Pema Chodron
9. Learn to listen to your heart and not your mind
You mind may only see the problem. Your heart will always feel the solution. Learn to act with Faith and cultivate a loving perception when facing collective problems.
“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
10. Search out viable and sustainable solutions
Seek out solutions that maintain or restores the dignity of individual human and their communities. The goal of Spiritual Activism is to raise another up, not make them dependant.
“Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he eats for a lifetime.” ~ Jesus
“We have not inherited the world from our forefathers. We have borrowed it from our children." ~ Kashmiri proverb
11. Do not judge yourself simply by the results of your actions
Maintain a sense of detachment as to overall results. Embrace mindfulness as you intentionally diminishes a judging attitude while keeping watchfulness on the gates of your heart. The ultimate goal of Spiritual Activism is to unconditionally raise the understanding and support of Humanity, with no exceptions. This achievement is larger than any individual. While individual projects can be completed, the sum is so much greater than its parts. Learn to see yourself not on where you have reached, but on the Path; you are traveling. There is real fulfillment in just being called to serve humanitarian and spiritual causes.
“Every man stamps his value on himself. The man is made great or small by his will.” ~ JCF von Schiller
“ The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
12. Let Metta be the motivation for your Actions
If you cultivate Metta (the practice of loving-kindness) in your heart, you will succeed. The Intention that is the motivating force behind your actions is paramount. Start from a position of pure and altruistic Love.
“A positive future cannot emerge from the mind of anger of despair” ~ HH, the Dalai Lama
“Kindness in giving creates Love.” ~ Lao Tzu
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