Respect for Self, Others and Nature
Points of Light:
Do you judge a book by its cover? How often do you judge a person by your initial impression? It is very easy to fall into the trap of looking only at the surface of people, things and ideas without taking the time and effort to delve deeper and look behind the surface; to appreciate their beautiful, deep core. We can often be our own worst enemy and critic—both for ourselves and for others. We are very quick to focus on our own and other’s weaknesses and not pick up the pearls. By focusing on only weaknesses, we are feeding them and this takes us farther away from our true essence. Once we recognize that beautiful, pure place inside each one of us, and that beautiful Supreme connection that sustains and nourishes us, we should strive to maintain that stage of respecting our true selves and that truth in others.
Daily Practice for Self Growth and Social Impact:
Understand that every person around me is different. Each and every individual has a talent, a speciality, a unique quality. Pick up only pearls and leave weaknesses at the shore.
Recognize that deep truth, that inner goodness in everyone. Understand them and appreciate them for who they are. Remove the layers and masks that we all carry. This act of charity, of honoring and recognizing the deepest part of an individual, their soul, uplifts the worth of the other person.
Acknowledge your strengths. Respect yourself. Be kind to yourself. How we treat ourselves is how we treat others.
Meditation: Remembering and remaining in my stage of self-respect:
- “Self Respect” by Bebe Butler