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Paint-By-Numbers Spirituality June 27, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Spirit & Ego.
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Wikipedia ~ Cinderella (Fair Use)

Some people set out to be “spiritual” in a paint-by-numbers fashion.

At the outset, they define “spirituality” as being, for example, kind, loving, compassionate, etc.

Being perceived as possessing those chosen attributes becomes the “destination.”

They are a bit like Cinderella’s step-sisters trying to cram their swollen feet into the proffered glass slipper by cutting off offending heels and toes.

In the end, they don’t fool anyone . . . they just create a bloody mess.

On the spiritual journey, we become less concerned with the perceptions we create with others.  Instead of using their opinions as an external reference point or destination, we use an internal yardstick to measure our progress.

In time, we realize that increased peace and happiness, not perfection, is the only barometer we need.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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