Humility Just Loves~ March 11th

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Mar 11, 2011
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“No matter what our aims may be, no matter how spiritual, no matter how intent we think we are upon the glory of God and His Kingdom, greed and passion enter into our work and turn it into agitation as soon as our intentions cease to be pure. And who can swear that his intentions are pure, even down to the sub-conscious depths of his will, where ancient selfish motives move comfortably like forgotten sea monsters in waters where they are never seen!

Pride makes us artificial, and humility makes us real…

It is supreme humility to see that ordinary life, embraced with perfect faith, can be more saintly and more supernatural than a spectacular ascetical career. ~ from No Man Is An Island by Thomas Merton

To be humble is to know one’s place…

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy if anything can.” ~Thomas Merton

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About Benjamin Riggs

Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


4 Responses to “Humility Just Loves~ March 11th”

  1. Most of the time when i walk around outside i find myself disliking most of the people I see in the street. is this an uncommon occurrence? I wonder how I can better train my mind to give random people the benefit of the doubt. Its almost a meditation in itself to not judge people all the time.

  2. Bud Wilson says:

    Hello Ben, Ah, if it could be so! Thanks for the powerful reminder of the value of humility and the importance of loving kindness! It would be wonderful if your post received 10,000 hits and 10,000 "likes" – the energy and way of being you speak of would transform our world! A comment for James' question – there is a practice sometimes called "replacing self with other" – one variation is meeting every random person as if that person was once your mother… that will definitely mess with a judging mind. 🙂 peace,

  3. Eric says:

    not 'almost', it is.
    you are no different from them. "interconnectedness" ~ not as a cognitive exercise, but as an enlargement of the radius of your heart to all beings. welcome all beings–do not attach to them, but welcome them just the same with all their faults and glory, hopes and fears. welcome them as yourself with all of your humanity.

    "repudiate nothing that is your own–human or divine, and thus shall you love others." ~St. Thomas Aquinas

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