Humility makes us teachable and wiser. It makes us better listeners and friends. It helps us examine ourselves without judgment. Here’s how we get there…
Category Archive: Wisdom
Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life.
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Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.
-Pope Paul VI
This past year, I have attended more funerals of people I know and love than I had attended in the past decade. I am always amazed at how thoughts of death and mortality become so real to me when I am faced with the death of someone I love. The part that amazes me most …
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The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Contentment and satisfaction are built on the ability to see the miracle in everything, and that ability is built on gratitude. No matter what life’s circumstances, there are opportunities every moment to be grateful, and there are opportunities for discontentment. We have the freedom to choose between them by choosing what we focus on. Focusing …
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The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world.
Glacier National Park in Montana. Belief is Not Knowledge Although I have chosen to follow the Christian religion, and I believe strongly in the existence of Jesus Christ, I know that belief is different than knowledge. I do not know for certain that my understanding of God, life and death are as I believe them …
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We could say that meditation doesn't have a reason or doesn't have a purpose. In this respect it's unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don't do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.
Meditation improves peace, wisdom, stress relief, spiritual growth, purpose, health, pain relief, intelligence and metabolism. Here is a guide to meditation.
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Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
Poor Listening Leads To Isolation and Lack Of Inspiration For many of us, it is a challenge to listen to another person without formulating our own response. We seem to believe that our value to another person will increase if we can say something impressive. Though focusing on talking rather than listening leads to the …
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The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.
-Daniel J Boorstin
Recognize Your Ignorance and Find Wisdom View from a ridge in Mount Diablo State Park in California. The recognition of the limitations in our knowledge is essential in gaining wisdom. This recognition is the deciding factor between growing old, bitter and stubborn or becoming brilliant and wise in our later years. Gaining wisdom with age …
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