Spiritual Courage says, living with purpose and meaning through a heart-centered approach towards all of life and oneself. Sounds pretty good right? What does it mean? What is a heart-centered approach?
So there’s different ways you can approach this thing called life. You can approach it through the lens of your eyes and you can look at life and look at people. Or you can approach it through the lens of your ears and you can hear life and hear people. Or you can approach it from the lens of your thoughts, what you think about people, what you think about life. Well, when we examine life through our eyes, through our ears, through our thoughts, oftentimes we see a lot of the differences. We see that this type of people look different than this type of people, those people have different beliefs than these people, those people sound different than these people, those people think differently than these people. So when you go through those basic senses what happens is, you can catch yourself getting caught up in a lot of the differences and then you’re disconnected.
Heart-Centered Approach to Differences
A heart-centered approach to life says, I’m going to put away all of the differences and I’m going to focus on the things of all humanity that’s similar, that’s the same that no matter what culture, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, no matter what differences we have, there are similarities in all human beings if we choose to view it from a heart-centered approach.
I promise you this. I’m not exaggerating. I can be in a room with someone that has completely different ideologies as me, completely different beliefs as me, thoughts as me, but I can connect to him with a level of heart that none of those differences mean anything. Now, do I have to agree with that person? Do I have to argue with that person’s life? Hell no, because here’s the thing – if I go and have a conversation with somebody that has completely different beliefs that I do and I tell that person, “hey, you’re wrong and I’m right,” now what the heck is the difference between that person telling me that I’m wrong and he’s right? There is no difference. So I just avoid that at all costs.
Look for the Similarities
I look for the similarities in people and I promise you I can find similarities in any human being. Because we all have certain universal characteristics that exist in all humanity in the Americas, in Europe, in Africa, in Asia, the Australia, the North and South Pole – there are certain characteristics that all human beings have that are universal. You know what those are, I don’t have to teach you those things. And if you say “you know what, I have nothing in common with that group of people,” it’s because you’re looking at the differences. You’re not going from a heart centered approach. You’re going through a thought centered, or eye centered, or ear centered approach. So I really challenge you to have commitment and have courage when it comes to your spiritual lens that you view the world with.
Some of the characteristics, regardless of what you believe in life, where you’re from, who you are, what your background is, what your bank account says you got, that’s it right there – we all want to be safe, we all want to be loved, we all want to be secure. I do believe that’s very universal.
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