Spiritual Hope:

Spiritual Hope:

Where is our spiritual hope?

How do we surmount the panacea facing us on a daily basis? We have to deal with North Korea, Charlottesville, Neo-Nazis, and white supremacists. In the face of all of this, where is our hope? How can we build a spiritual foundation that produces joy and happiness? How can we inculcate our children with hope-filled messages.

I have the privilege of conducting a class for children in our local center for spiritual Living. We had a small class this morning. One child came. I was a little worried about filling up an hour of discussion with one attendee. I need not have worried. Marcus found a stack of fifty cards with a spiritual quality on each card. Needless to say, we did not get through all fifty. We got through ten, All ten had elements of spiritual hope.

  1. Forgiveness: Know that words only hurt if we let them. What is the worst thing that can happen if someone insults you?
  2. Going from anger to peace. Use music to calm your spirit.
  3. Going from sad to happy. Talk about your feelings with someone you trust.
  4. Going from despair to hope. Put your focus on positive thoughts.
  5. Clarity: Be clear about your intentions and your desires
  6. Love: The greatest gift is to love your enemies.
  7. Purpose: Know what your life purpose is and live accordingly.
  8. Right Action: Let your actions reflect your thoughts.
  9. Right Thought: let your thoughts reflect your beliefs.
  10.  Integrity: Live a life of fulfillment and integrity. All ten beget spiritual hope.  Wisdom is not a respecter of age. A twelve year old taught a 73 year old today. We can all learn from each other. The world would be a much better place if we recognized the learning potential that spans racial identity, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs. What is we learned to respect the beliefs inherent in all faiths? What if we acknowledged the exchange of ideas between races? What if we learned to respect the rights of others to hold beliefs different from ours? No one faith is superior to another. No age is superior to another. And no race is superior to another. We are different. We are on divergent paths developmentally, and  we are separate in many ways. All things considered, we are all bound together in our humanity, in our desire to be fulfilled, and in our quest for hope. Let the pursuit of spiritual hope move us upward and forward.

Barbara Altman, the author of hope, has written two books: “Hope Shines Eternal: My Journey Through Mental Illness” and Passages of Hope, 52 Real Life Stories that Will Inspire and Encourage You.” Both can be purchased on Amazon, Kindle, and on WWW. AuthorofHope.com










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