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Virtues

Susan Helene Kramer


Virtudes Español

 

Being content holds the content of all happiness
- Susan Helene Kramer -

 

Contents

1.   Caring
2.   Citizenship
3.   Compassion
4.   Consideration
5.   Contentment
6.   Courage
7.   Fairness
8.   Faith and Trust
9.   Friendship
10.  Honesty
11.  Integrity
12.  Kindness
13.  Love

14.  Loyalty
15.  Manners
16.  Peacefulness
17.  Respect
18.  Responsibility
19.  Selfish or Selfless?
20.  Steadfastness and Perseverance
21.  Tenderness
22.  Tolerance
23.  Transformation
24.  Trustworthiness
25.  Truth


 

1. Caring

Caring
The choice for love in action
most easily and gracefully nurtures
ourselves and others

We get the family nurtured, ourselves nurtured, with attitudes and actions born of caring.

Here are some hints to prepare our mind for the idea that it is by making the choice for caring that we will be most energized:
1. Keep or adopt the best intention for the situation;
2. Look at the varying points of view presenting, then review these, and see if even more points of view come to mind;
3. Contact the inner Source directly through a conversation with the Self within, just as if talking with a dear confidant; listening to the response from within after the inner conversation, which may come as soft words of advice in the quietude we engender in our mind via a period of positive Self talk;
4. Practice giving with a full heart by showing kindness in daily interactions.
 

2. Citizenship

Some definitions:
 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

3.  Compassion

Compassion for ourselves
allows each moment
to grow in radiance

We need to be compassionate with ourselves at our current stage of development. Right now is our starting place from which to go forward.

Adopting a positive outlook and in-look means accepting the moment as it is and knowing that the next moment can be better because of our positive attitude.

Compassion and acceptance
of our current stage of development—
Knowing a positive outlook
will allow us
expansion in consciousness
while going forward

By acting for others' highest good we develop compassion. We are actually benefiting ourselves by acting caringly because our mind is peaceful and our body feels energized.

To develop compassion:
1. Adopt a positive attitude with the task at hand. A positive mental attitude energizes our body for action.
2. Follow the 'golden rule'. Act in the best interest of the situation in the same way you would ideally want to be treated in a similar circumstance.

Taking time
to develop compassion
rewards us with feelings of joy
while doing

Compassion for ourselves
while we become more loving
develops our capacity
to experience our consciousness
ever more fully

 

4. Consideration

Polite
thoughtful interaction—
Consideration

Our points of view are formed from personal experience; our past experiences uniquely our own. We all react differently, even in the same circumstances.

We can keep our personal point of view while accepting that others' point of view is valid for them—by remembering that current perceptions and reactions are based on past input.

Politeness and consideration of others' ideas and feelings lends to mutually relaxed interaction, and additionally, to expansion of our own base of experience.

Practicing consideration
relaxes everyone
Allowing exchanges
that broaden our view

Broadened views
extend our reality
into realization
of our intertwining roles
in each others' lives

From one of the parts
to our consciousness
as parts of the One

 

5. Contentment

Being content
holds the content
of all happiness

Being content with what we have at this moment has advantages. We can then enjoy happiness right in this present moment, without stressing out over attaining some elusive thing in the future.

By being content with who we are at this moment, but also being open to improving ourselves as each moment in time arrives, we enjoy each moment to the fullest.

Right while reading this, take a deep breath in—let it out. This is the present. And whatever situations are humming around us, and in our mind, need not intrude upon our underlying base of contentment with who we are, and what we have materially. For underlying our relationships in the world is the relationship with ourselves, remaining the 100% primary companion for our entire lives. And when we accept ourselves as we are—as basically good with eternal souls linked to our Source-Resource, we then see that nothing of the world that changes can possibly change our changeless self in Self.

In order to seep into consciousness of fullness, contentment in the moment, we can spend some moments of the day in prayer, meditation, reflection, appreciation—then set out to live kind and productive lives in attitude and action. Every day, taking refuge in our inner refuge, our inner Source-Resource, fortifies daily living with strength and courage to be the best we can be in each arriving moment.

Contentment lies not in achieving a certain relationship, or wealth beyond daily sustenance. Contentment is our own attitude of appreciation for what we are, and what we have at this very moment.

As an example, if we walk into a store and see something we want but cannot afford, we create a stress in ourselves. And stress multiplies. We have first created a new desire and think we will not be happy unless we have that object. And, then we have the stress of thinking how we will pay for the object. And the stress does not end there. Suppose we do buy this object and cart it home and it gets broken—causing us to feel anger over our own or another's clumsiness. Stress compounding. And as we fill our house and our lives with an abundance of objects we need to take out more personal property insurance—further adding to our expenses and stress.

And do we really feel happy after an acquisition and all that follows? Maybe, for a short while. Till we again see an ad for something we feel we must have to give us that temporary high. And we probably will repeat this process for many years, while never enjoying the contentment we thought would come with each acquisition.

In summary, contentment holds the content of all happiness, because we get to enjoy the prize right in this very moment: joy, happiness, fullness, each and every moment of our lives. Acquiring objects, or relationships as objects, gives us a temporary rush followed by stress over whether we will be able to keep our trophy. Learning to enjoy the content of each moment comes through the practice of relaxation into the present moment, aided by time spent in the stillness of meditation. In the time of stillness our body begins to enjoy an infusion of joy, an energization, that we can then take into our active moments of living.

Being content holds the content of all happiness
Time spent in meditation
deeply relaxing us mentally and bodily
into our state and stage of
wholeness and joy
in the moment—
flowing from and into
the eternal moment

 

6. Courage—Going Forward Courageously

There are times in our life when we know we should be doing something more or different. These are the times when, for our personal growth, we need to go forward, courageously, into the unknown.

And, this may not be an entirely unknown future. We may see what lies ahead, and be hesitating to take the steps in that direction, because of the changes to our daily life.

But, going forward courageously benefits us, and everyone around us, because when we improve ourselves, everyone around us is improved by contact with us.

The growing consciousness in each of us
spurs on and encourages
the growth of consciousness in all of us

Courage requires intention, strength of will, and applying our energy in the new direction—what we want to do, we usually find the time and energy for. It is the combination of these factors that push us forward successfully.

It is up to us:
1. to make the mental intention to improve;
2. to be strong enough in character to go for the good;
3. to apply our time and energy in the new direction.

When we begin taking responsibility for our actions, we reclaim our personal power. When we stop placing blame on others or circumstances outside of ourselves, we reclaim our personal power.

When we put ourselves back into the driver's seat of the car of our life—we determine the roads we will follow to our destination.

And, when we pick a destination that will bring about good, we set ourselves on the course that keeps us feeling harmonious while journeying.

The bottom line is that we are in charge of our decisions, so we may as well make those that are for the best—as that is what will create harmony and happiness in our life.

Reclaiming our personal power is both a realization that we are in charge of ourselves, and our hand hold on maintaining a positive attitude. A positive attitude, in general, allows productive thoughts for the best solution and direction to follow, to come to our awareness—ready for our action.

We reclaim our personal power when we self-determine our actions.

As adults, we have rights and responsibilities, personally, and in our family or living situations. We need to make the choices—not let someone else choose for us, unless we specifically are in such a debilitated position that we can't choose for ourselves. When we delegate our care or decision making to another adult, when we are still able to decide for ourselves, we are giving away our life to them. That both gives away our life and puts an unfair burden on another person—as we could come back to them with the words "it was your idea," or "you made me do it."

To reclaim personal power, when we have been used to delegating decisions on our own behalf we can:
1. Identify our ultimate and short term life goals;
2. Plan a course of action to reach those goals that does not harm ourselves or anyone else;
3. Take responsibility for the results of our actions—eliminate the habit of blaming someone else or circumstance for the outcome of our own actions;
4. Increase our awareness of Self through regular meditation, and the practices of positive attitudes, thinking and acting.

The outcome of reclaiming personal power is a relaxation and peacefulness in our body-mind, and a sense of contentment with life in general. We are the drivers in the seat of the car of our lives—determining our destination and the roads to travel. It is our right as an individual to be self-directed—Self-directed.

Our lives and everyone around us benefiting
by our courage to go forward
in a new or better direction
Taking what is our reality in the moment
and making an upgraded life for ourselves
through intention, strength of will
and energy applied to following through on
what we 'know' is best
Happiness lighting our daily lives
as we courageously take steps
fostering our growth in consciousness

 

7. Fairness

In everyday living we observe the interaction of adults and children. Children follow the example of the adults they are around. Children are molded more by example and their own experiences, than by book learning or what they are told. If a child is treated well with fairness and respect, he grows up possessing those same qualities. If a child is abused or lied to, that makes up the background for his adulthood.

Our own pure thoughts, words, and actions can bring about change in the hardened ones if they are given enough time and exposure. Because all are in search of happiness, and happiness is a soul quality, apart and unaffected by changes in the natural world and human mind, eventually a person exposed to good may find their inner source of happiness.

To raise our own level of fullness in joy and happiness we need to live lovingly and conscientiously and practice fairness every day. Then we are also being a good and uplifting example to those around us.
 

8. Faith and Trust

Looking back in our lives, we see that all of our problems had workable solutions, showing us that current and future situations will also be resolved.

Knowing this, we can relax our tensions and misgivings about being able to cope with anything that comes up in our life.

Faith: the belief and trust that everything works out.

Faith and Trust
useful tools
when recognized
as allowing us
to remain calm
Becoming aware
of the best workable solution
on each situation

In addition, by making our best effort from this point forward, we can have 100% faith that our future will bring us closer to realization and knowledge of our permanent reality of peace, bliss, and joy.
 

9. Friendship

A friend I am
when coming to another's place of unrest
to dissipate unsettledness
with warmth of caring

A friend I am
when listening openly, non-judgmentally
when judgment would be easy

A friend I am
when taking extra time
to lend a helping hand, though busy

A friend I am
when feeling your need
I act for you
as I would act for myself

As in the word, a friend is like a ship that carries us, abides with us unfailingly, through the calm and rough seas of life.

There is no purer relationship than friendship; it is unconditional loyalty and love. Friendship is a bond of steadfastness and acceptance that allows us to be who we are, fully, without fear that love will be withdrawn.

Over a lifetime, it is the bond of friendship that allows us to explore our depths with non-judgmental feedback and supportiveness.

Individuals of flesh, mind, emotion, consciousness
aware that as with vines
we, too, lead lives intertwined
Intertwined in actions
of compassion, caring, support
sharing our time, for all time
as friends

Sometimes, the friendship we give is not returned, but we benefit in another way: The process of extending friendship expands our consciousness. While giving and in the afterglow, we feel a sense of connection.

Once we experience the connection we feel while giving with care, we know that it is not just what we receive in life that makes us happy. It is mainly the connection that we feel when our own boundaries of self-centeredness break down through our lovingness, that we feel our internal sense of peace and happiness.

Above all else in this world is friendship
Unconditionally given
Unconditionally received
And with the addition of love life is made beautiful
Above all else in this world is loving friendship
Unconditionally given
Unconditionally received
That is true friendship

 

10. Honesty

Honesty is a quality that allows us to look in the mirror and see the reflection of how we really are. In honesty we see clearly and can make course adjustments. If we live each day in accordance with our conscience, our reflection in the mirror and how others see us will be well-balanced.

Thoughts are forms of energy and produce their exact genetic offspring. Good thoughts produce good; selfish actions lead to repeated dissatisfactions. Just as swimming in unknown cloudy water puts us at risk of facing hurtful obstacles, a cloudy thought process keeps us from viewing and resolving situations clearly.

Congruency between our words, feelings and actions, keeping our intentions for the highest good, breeds happiness in our life.

Honest to good feelings
with an attitude for the best resolve
reap honest to good thoughts and actions

 

11. Integrity

Integrity—
Living in accordance
with our highest state of consciousness

We continuously create our reality by our choices, moment to moment—creating and maintaining harmony by following our conscience and acting for the highest good.

Personal integrity requires courage

We are being courageous in living according to our conscience when it would be easy to hide from others that we are not following our conscience. It is easier to slide down the hill of life, maintaining or digressing in our current state on consciousness, than to follow the sometimes hard climb up the path of what we know is right.

The reward for continually upgrading our personal integrity is that we become more conscious of our harmonious self-effulgent nature.

Through living with personal integrity others notice that we can be trusted—we become a trustworthy friend, an asset to our world family.

When we personally integrate
our highest consciousness
into our daily living
We have the most capacity to enjoy
happiness and harmony

 

12. Kindness

Kind in mind
Body feelin’ fine
Being kind leaves our mind peaceful
our body relaxed
but feeling energized

By acting kindly, we remain energized and free of tension; avoiding self-induced stress in both our mind and body. A smile uses less energy and fewer muscles, than does a frown!

Benefits of being kind:
1. Our mind stays tension-free;
2. Our body stays relaxed, but energized;
3. With reduced stress, our mental and bodily health stays at its optimum as long as possible;
4. Our body stays energized longer because the mental attitude of kindness opens our mind and bodily pathways to perceiving the flow of our internal joyful energy;
5. By our being kind, we infect others with the energy of kindness;
6. Our self-esteem improves because kindness with others allows us to look more kindly at ourselves, too.

Kind in mind
Body feelin’ fine
Fine
and fully alive

 

13. Love

Love
Central to virtue
Mother birthing children
of kindness, caring
With hearts of compassion
so we act
Love growing, expanding
into fabric of world
Through personal interaction
Causes uplifting
Passionate caring—
Of our sacred heart
The Sacred Heart of God
God's love enlivening
Borders dissolving, overflowing
Passion in action
A most holy outcome
So pure
With attitude, actions born of love
goodness compounds, spreading before us
A ready banquet quenching true hunger
Soul hunger
to know, imbibe of the dear Lord
Our most intimate Love and Lover
Holy Love
Reflecting the crystal of God
Beginning internally, growing externally
through expressions of kindred respect
Love's superlatives never-ending...
Love motivating
Waking us with energy at morn
Allowing sweet slumber
And in between
Thoughts of love enlivening
Active in love by actions of love

 

14. Loyalty

Loyalty—
Doing what one has committed to
amidst changing circumstances

Loyalty is a quality that develops our consciousness. Loyalty leads us deep into a situation, through it, and out the other side—emerging as a more developed person.

Loyalty is an essential in friendship. Acquaintances become friends through mutual loyalty.

Loyalty is an essential in friendship
that has developed
into the commitment of hearts
between two people
Loyalty in a heart to heart relationship
develops mutual trust

It is our duty to be loyal to those who depend on us: family, friends, our employer or employee.

Loyalty is caring love in action
Loyalty is powered by the energy
that comes into our body
by our caring attitudes and thoughts
Loyalty develops our soul
in consciousness
Transforming us into
the most beautiful
creation of a human being possible

 

15. Manners

Every country has its own set of manners that are commonly followed for polite interaction.

In the United States of America different regions of the 50 states have their own set of local manners. And depending on the time in history that a person grows up, certain manners are common at the time—and it is likely that as adults the manners learned in childhood will stay with them for a lifetime.

There are commonly accepted manners for every aspect of living. Ways that we in the society of our family, and out in the world use to best get along together. At social gatherings there are special manners, and at the workplace another set is best.

As children, we learn from those around us what the accepted manners are—from our parents, siblings, playmates, and from teachers, television and movies. Children's books are written that tell stories through words and pictures just what good manners are. An example is Richard Scarry's The Berenstein Bears Please and Thank You Book—which uses a family of bears interacting with each other with and without good manners. In Mr. Scarry's book detrimental outcomes happen from using bad manners, and better outcomes result from using good manners. By the end of the story, all in the family agree that they are a happier family if each one uses good manners in relating together. The television shows—Barney the Dinosaur and Sesame Street use puppets, children, and adults acting out scenarios with good and bad manners, to show children that they will live happier lives if they live peaceably and in harmony with each other by using their good manners.

And just what are good manners in American society? All over the states we say through word or symbol 'please' and 'thank you' when we want a favor and when we receive a favor. That is probably the most universal set of words in this country. A smile says thank you, too. And the right thumb-up sign says okay or thank you in a symbolic and non-verbal way.

From earlier times in this country, men opened doors for women to enter first. But, since the women's liberation movement in this country, it is not uncommon to see men and women opening the door for themselves. Regardless of the time period in history, the most basic of manners in America is that respect and politeness be shown in relationships and all interactions. Respect for another's ideas by not interrupting their sentences. Respect shown by not putting another's ideas down as bad just
because the ideas being presented are different from our own upbringing. Respect shown without regard to another's different race, religion, education, or socio-economic background from our own.

In today's world it is good manners to be polite and respectful equally to the men and women we work with, without regard for the status of the worker. Supervisors and those supervised show the good manners of respect for each other. This kind of work relationship is known as team work, and allows each person their unique input to produce a better outcome—as the diversity of input from diverse backgrounds brings forth more resources from which to choose.

In summary of the specific manners of the American public, I would say that 'please' and 'thank you' head the list. From there on it is respect shown, in that we treat others as we ourselves would like to be treated. Good manners are learned from our earliest days through the examples around us—from parents, siblings, the media, and teachers. And as we grow into adulthood it is with the good manners of being polite and respectful to each other that we preserve our own inner harmony, and create harmony in our relationships with our family, in the workplace, and the larger society.
 

16. Peacefulness

Peacefulness
Ease, comfort
Body, mind

Maintaining peace within, without is virtuous—enabling energies to flow along the streams of time efficiently. And with caring, in clarity.

Peaceful attitudes
Peaceful thoughts
Peaceful actions

We say we want a peaceful planet. Retaining or regaining personal peace when multiplied becomes world peace.

For peace:
1. Adopt a positive attitude;
2. Pray, meditate, regulate breathing to reduce stress;
3. Exercise;
4. Consider options, choose actions for the best resolve;
5. Interact with kindness, respect.

Peaceful ways are contagious—those around us relax, think more clearly.

Peace seeps into hidden crevices, popping out in renewed vigor, creativity—improving life.

Peacefulness
A natural state of being
Flowing beyond
Beginning within

 

17. Respect

We were each a child who grew and became more visible in the world. If we respect children as individuals who have their own thoughts, emotions, and dreams, they will feel good about themselves and in turn respect us. This back and forth respect and communication bridges the generation gap.

We tend to lump children together
as one homogenous segment of humanity
More often than not
because of their achievements
seeing the individuality of adults
rather than the uniqueness
of each child

For adults, children are our inspirations to act as best we can. Growth is from both sides. The 'adult' is the example and the 'child' inspires the adult to be their best.

Children are impressionable and react rapidly to stimulus. Children as individuals need a general and personalized plan with their schooling to develop their inherent qualities.

Besides academics, children need to learn practical living skills and spiritual practices, which provide a foundation to live in society as useful adults.

Children learn best
when they see the adults around them modeling
what they want the children to learn

 

18. Responsibility

When we begin taking responsibility for our actions, we reclaim our personal power.

When we stop placing blame on others or circumstances outside of ourselves, we reclaim our personal power.

When we put ourselves back into the driver's seat of the car of our life—we determine the roads we will follow. And, when we pick a destination that will bring about good, we set ourselves on the course that keeps us feeling harmonious while journeying.

The bottom line is that we are in charge of our decisions, so we may as well make those that are for the best—as that is what will create harmony and happiness in our life.

Taking responsibility, reclaiming personal power, is both a realization that we are in charge of ourselves, and our hand hold on maintaining a positive attitude. A positive attitude allows productive thoughts for the best solution and direction to follow, to come to our awareness—ready for our action.

We reclaim our personal power when we self-determine our actions.

As adults, we have rights and responsibilities, personally, and in our family or living situations. We need to make the choices—not let someone else choose for us, unless we specifically are in such a debilitated position that we can't choose for ourselves. When we delegate our care or decision making to another adult, when we are still able to decide for ourselves, we are giving away our life to them. That both gives away our life and puts an unfair burden on another person—as we could come back to them with the words "it was your idea," or "you made me do it."

To reclaim personal power, when we have been used to delegating decisions on our own behalf we can:
1. Identify our ultimate and short term life goals;
2. Plan a course of action to reach those goals that does not harm ourselves or anyone else;
3. Take responsibility for the results of our actions—eliminate the habit of blaming someone else or circumstance for the outcome of our own actions;
4. Increase our awareness of Self through regular meditation, and the practices of positive attitudes, thinking and acting.

The outcome of being responsible for our own decisions is a relaxation and peacefulness in our body-mind, and a sense of contentment with life in general. We are the drivers in the seat of the car of our lives—determining our destination and the roads to travel. It is our right as an individual to be self-directed—Self-directed.
 

19. Selfish or Selfless?

We usually think of selfishness as self-centeredness
But, what is viewed by an onlooker as selfishness
may really be legitimate self-giving—
particularly if the action is response
to a real need to maintain
personal health, peace of mind
housing, livelihood
or care-taking needs with children or parents

Selfishness is the use of energy, time, or resources fulfilling a lesser purpose than what is for the good of the situation.

Selfless, self-giving, uses the same energy, time or resources to act for the highest good of the moment.

There are personal benefits in self-giving that are absent in selfishness: In self-giving our thoughts remain positive, and our body, by not holding tension, allows us to remain relaxed, yet alert. In selfishness our thoughts are concerned with keeping something to ourselves, which makes our bodily muscles, joints, and movements rigid. This, in turn, constricts circulation to our organs; hence, the possible onset of a whole list of tension-related bodily illnesses.

Selfish or Self-giving? It is easier to allow the natural flow of energy to run through us by being caring, than to cause ourselves mental and bodily tension by constricting our energy in selfishness.

What is here on planet earth
is for our use
To usefully care for ourselves
and our responsibilities

Positive attitudes, loving concern, caring actions
energize us optimally
allowing us good health
physically, mentally, emotionally

 

20. Steadfastness and Perseverance

Steadfast—
Staying strong with principles
Perseverance—
Being steadfast in progress
toward goals

Being steadfast and persevering commandeers inner strength. And, when our goals are for the highest good, others benefit by osmosis.

Some aids to hold steadfast and persevere:
1. Visualize a clear picture of the goal;
2. Align actions with the highest good;
3. Keep a positive attitude and outlook;
4. Put forth mental and active energy in that direction every day;
5. With the goal in mind, allow for new ideas during the process;
6. In daily reflection review progress made;
7. Take care mentally, emotionally, physically, spirituality so that inner strength is present under trying circumstances.

This last—holding steadfast and persevering under trying circumstances—is of utmost importance when going for the good.

Trials test sincerity. Holding steadfast to principles during striving guides us through trials, preserves peace of mind. And, from a peaceful mind, thoughts leading to a best resolve arrive at the forefront.

With attitude, thoughts, actions
for the best resolve
the highest good
we are anchored, fortified
remaining steadfast, persevering
most easily

 

21. Tenderness

Tenderness
Performing any action
with an attitude of gentle care
Its benefits—
A purer feeling in the doer
Comfort in the receiver

Gentle human touch—begun with mother and child—feels good and is nourishing for children and adults, alike, throughout life. Tenderness in dealing mind to mind gets the same positive feedback. When we see a situation that could stand some changing, we get a more receptive response if we first point out the good.

At home—at work or at school
if we treat those around us with consideration
we will likely get a response in kind

When we lose our tempers it is easy to blame someone. Actually, we allow a situation to affect us negatively, and we then get angry within ourselves and explode emotionally outwardly. Realizing that events are temporary and that all problems have a resolve helps us to relax during the process of conflict, and be kinder to those involved with what we are going through.

Looking back
we see that every problem had a resolve
And that it follows that future problems
will resolve equitably, too
In the meantime
life is more enjoyable
if we are tender
in our dealings with loved ones, friends
everyone

Tenderness—a baseline for spiritual living

Living a spiritual life means more than one hour of church a week. It involves—moment to moment, day to day—integration of insight into all aspects of living.

We live in the spirit
by following our conscience
in all our actions
Each of our words or deeds
should hurt no one—
nor ourselves
We and others
should benefit
from our time on earth

Spiritual living means living with happiness and joy—products experienced during the actual process of doing good. We may think that happiness comes after we attain something such as a material possession or status or wealth. No. When we attain something we soon want something more. On and on. If we analyze this idea for ourselves, from our own experience, we notice that the happiness felt from attaining something doesn't fulfill us permanently. New wants creep in to the mind soon.

Lasting happiness is experienced from consistently acting with tenderness in all our actions—not with acquiring relationships or objects. By living with the attitude of tenderness and care we are integrating every goal that living a spiritual life is pointing us toward.

One might think that personal care means taking time out from total spiritual living. Not so. We need to maintain a healthy body and mind to feel happy. Moment to moment our state of physical health affects our thoughts and conversely our state of mind affects the physical sensations we feel in our body. We contribute to our overall health by holding positive attitudes, taking time to methodically resolve stressful situations as they present, spending regular periods in reflection and meditation, and by maintaining our body through wholesome diet, exercise, bathing, and resting. When we feel good mentally and physically happiness naturally flows through our lives.

Back to meditation for the moment

Meditation balances out the portion of our time we spend in activity. It provides an opportunity, through lying still in deep relaxation or by sitting still, to really allow loving thoughts and feelings to swell up from our inner depths—usually hidden by our fast-paced world—into our conscious mind. Tender feelings, caring feelings are allowed their time and space. And after meditation these tender thoughts, having been brought to consciousness, more easily integrate into our daily living.

Love is eternal—
Tender love is eternal

Tender love is eternal because its existence is not rooted in the changing world of elements. Molecules are constantly rearranging. Candle wax, one minute solid, the next burned releasing the energy of heat. And our own physical body created out of simple elements again returns to simple elements when we flee it one day.

Love begins as an energy force before being molded physically. Love arising from the individual soul, when transmitted through mans' mind into action—tender caring action, then becomes a solid force in our lives.

The energy for loving
comes from the Source
from the Source that created our soul
Love can be permanent
because our Source is permanent

Feelings of love do not cease
when external circumstances change

Love transcends time and place and dimension. One can feel love for another whether or not the beloved is near, far, or even still in physical form.

When we are conscious of feeling tender love for our dear ones and for all humankind, we are in happiness. Our own state of happiness is not dependent on a response to our love. Happiness is self-supporting—it is the property of the individual soul, the over soul—what we know as God. If a person does not respond in kind to our love for them that does not make us stop loving them.

Real love is concerned for the good, the highest benefit and happiness of another apart from our own gain from the relationship. We say there are many forms of love. Actually there is but one form. All true, real love contains care for another's highest good without thought of reciprocal care.

As soon as we expect love in return we have begun a business—an account. So much in equals so much out. Selfishness could said to be the withholding of love—if we felt we were not getting enough return for our investment. So we are either really loving or we are doing business for another's energy.

The soul is experienced in pure tender love, love that is without the properties of time, space, or circumstances in the physical dimension—which depends on cause and effect for its temporary existence.

Through experiencing real love we get an inkling of the greater love that sustains us. Imagine everyone being conscious of their own permanent nature—love. The only experience we can feel continuously as satisfying us is love—tender love.

Body and Mind
the tools we have to use
to experiment with in finding out
what in life gives us
the permanent joy that we seek
Happiness—
The balance
of active and quiet time—
The taking of the tender insights
brought out from meditation
into the active roles that we play in life
Joy, peace, happiness, love—
finding God for ourselves
from within ourselves

 

22. Tolerance

Caring love begets tolerance
Tolerance accepts
that each of us
is doing what we need to
in (and for) this moment

Tolerance arises
from a state of mental relaxation
allowing us to remain calm
when we see others acting in a way
we think should be different

Caring love begets tolerance: When we care about others, we act for them as a support system. We are not there to make another person's decisions, unless we are entrusted with others well-being, (such as for a little child or a childish adult). To do so, robs another of control and ownership of their moment.

The mental relaxation of tolerance allows us to accept differences from ourselves that we perceive in others: their age, feelings, opinions, attitudes, religious beliefs, political positions, appearances, habits, actions, and more.

We are living in the large fish bowl of the world; our different perspectives on a given topic allowing many ideas to float in the brine. With the attitude of caring love, peace, and tolerance, ideas promoting the greatest good arise to the surface of our consciousness, into clear light; ready to benefit all creation.

Tolerance
Noting differences
while remaining peaceful
Recognizing that each of us
has the right to determine
our reality

 

23. Transformation

Each of our actions comes from an inner motivation, or a reactionary impulse—which is actually a spontaneous inner reaction, also. We transform worldliness into godliness by holding positive attitudes, and acting for the best resolve in our situations.

When we hold onto positive attitudes, our subsequent thoughts are positive, and we act for what gives a positive result.

Some methods I use to keep my actions for the good:
1. I spend a few moments upon awakening in thinking appreciatively of the time I have ahead of me that very day to act for the good. These thoughts enliven and energize my body.
2. After thinking appreciatively, I contact my inner Source-Resource, the Holy Sound vibration, for guidance—and I renew this inner contact often during the day—especially if I am feeling overwhelmed by some situation.
3. I remind myself that success in my worldly goals—in the workplace, and in my relationships does not depend just on acquired skills—success depends on performing those skills and relating to others with a positive attitude—with its result of positive thoughts, and positive, successful actions.

Let us remember
that good comes from good
That positive thoughts
produce positive results

We are in the world for a purpose
So, let us live on purpose
in the way that true happiness flows
through our lives most readily
By imbuing our worldly actions
with the consciousness
of godliness—goodness, totally

 

24. Trustworthiness

Trustworthiness
A quality of soul
that allows our consciousness to grow

Trustworthiness is sacred in a relationship. This bond of trust allows us to share most intimately.

Trustworthiness is tenuous and when not maintained is difficult to rebuild. To aid us, the practice of unconditional love allows us to most easily become trustworthy and sustain trustworthiness. Unconditionally loving another means we act on another's best behalf, even if we would rather do something else, or present another image of ourselves.

Most importantly, for our own evolution in consciousness, we need to be trustworthy in all of our relationships.

Trustworthiness
A quality of soul
that allows our consciousness to grow
To grow and flourish
most beautifully
most joyfully

 

25. Truth

Telling the truth. This means telling the truth as we know it—from our current state and stage of consciousness.

But, there is Ultimate Truth, and temporal truth.

The Ultimate Truth lies in the bosom of our Source, Resource. It is what we are striving for, by living in alignment with the best for the moment's situation. Ever, throughout eternity, we continue to grow into the Ultimate Truth, as we become more and more conscious of 'what' is for the highest good of the whole.

In the meantime, our truth is a temporal truth. A truth viewed as we see the current facts projected against our imagining of what the Ultimate Truth is.

Truth perceived in shades of gray
till completely brightened
from our own enlightenment

To move ever forward in experiencing something of Ultimate Truth, we can follow these steps:
1. Spend regular periods of time in loving meditation, in order to come to 'know' our soul;
2. In daily living, act from self-giving rather than self-centeredness;
3. Go with the flow of what is the resolve in our situations that helps and does not harm ourselves, or anyone else;
4. Fine-tune our perceptions of truth, by practicing telling the truth to the highest degree we perceive it.

Ultimate Truth gradually received
by striving to upgrade its perception

 

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Susan Helene Kramer is an international author of more than 50 books and collections, and thousands of articles on rhythmic movement, modern dance, ballet, music, philosophy, social issues, meditation, yoga, and practical spirituality for children, teens, adults and those challenged, with some translations in Dutch, French, German, Greek and Spanish, and with her husband, Stan Schaap lives in The Netherlands.


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