The Worth and Dignity of Being Human

Theme of the following quotations: The seeming trajectory of contemporary life may blind us to the innate worth and dignity of a human being. Yet Buddhists suggest that it is an exquisite and very rare privilege to be human. Humanists remind us of the magnificence of human nature. Personal authenticity expresses that innate value for what it is: the inexhaustible preciousness of Being revealing itself through each distinct human form.

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Turning Psychological Pain to Sweetness

Most of us run from our pain – or at least we try to. Just as we might take an aspirin to ease our pain, so to we take too much food, television watching, internet surfing, video gaming, drinking, drugging, gambling, etc. to numb our soul’s inflammation. It’s natural; as animals we seek pleasure, and avoid pain. Yet some pains we feel are emissaries, sent forth by our deeper nature as guidance to a more authentic and fulfilling life.

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Reclaiming Your Wholeness with Unconditional Positive Self-Regard

I wonder whether, like most of the persons I meet, you divy yourself into parts of which are good and bad, likeable and dislikeable, spiritual and unspiritual, etc… On the one hand, you turn towards, embrace, and proudly present to others your “better” qualities. On the other hand, you turn from, disown, and closet your “worse” parts.

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Assuming Responsibility for Conscious Choice and Evaluation

Many are the ways by which we give to others the locus (Latin: place) of evaluation. For example, sometimes as adults we live as extensions of our parents, unconsciously living the values, attitudes, and beliefs which they modeled during our upbringing. Your dad was a Republican; your mom a Catholic; and for years as an adult you have taken your place in the world as a Republican and a Catholic, although you have never sat down with yourself to personally evaluate your viewpoints.

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You are Your Path (Cartoon by Leunig)

Recently I posted “Treading the Path – Living in Process” about how our psychological-spiritual process itself is the spiritual path for which so many seek elsewhere. So much more elegant than I in depicting this truth is this delightful cartoon by the Australian cartoonist, Michael Leunig.

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