Sunday Service: Can We Accept Everything About a Person?

Accept people for who they are

Week of Jan 26 – Feb 1, 2014

Can We Accept Everything About a Person?

by Peter Kowalke

Can we actually accept every part of a person? Yes, we can. I have done it. And maybe you will call me saintly for this ability, but I firmly believe that it is something we all can do if we learn how and work at it. I give workshops on how to learn to accept, so I know it can be learned. I am writing a book about loving like a saint, although I will have to give it a different name because most people don’t realize that loving like a saint is good. That’s the bigger problem–people don’t want to love like that! They are taught it is bad to accept.

But what they do is mistake accepting for agreeing. They think if they accept then they are agreeing with the behavior. You can accept the murderer without agreeing that murder is a good thing. Accepting comes from loving someone as yourself, truly loving them. Agreeing is a logical process that has nothing to do with love or God.

Because of this there also is the real possibility to love the sinner but hate the sin. Most people are not being truthful when they say that they love the sinner and hate the sin—they are just paying lip service. But it is possible to love the sinner and hate the sin. Loving the sinner is easy because we all are sinners. None of us is perfect, yet we love ourselves. So why can’t we love other people who also are not perfect? We can.

Learning to accept is a process, however. A process of love.

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peace is every stepBook of the Month

Peace is Every Step

by Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh’s writing is deceptive in its subtlety. He’ll go on and on with stories about tree-hugging or metaphors involving raw potatoes; he’ll tell you how to eat mindfully, even how to breathe and walk; he’ll suggest looking closely at a flower and to see the sun as your heart. Yet, sooner or later it begins to sink in that Nhat Hanh is conveying a depth of psychology and a world outlook that require nothing less than a complete paradigm shift. Through his cute stories and compassionate admonitions, he gradually builds up to his philosophy of interbeing, the notion that none of us is separate.

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Other books we recommend can be found in our Books section. We also recommend audio lectures and web sites, among other resources.


Spiritual Fitness

Do You have a Spiritual Routine?

Vedanta, if not practical, has no other relevancy. The key to practical Vedanta is an individualized spiritual routine.

There are six components of a good spiritual routine.

Swan1. Find a Community. If you have an existing church, temple or mosque, attend regularly. If not, join our Facebook group and see our list of recommended spiritual organizations.

2. Seek Guidance. Find a mentor within your existing spiritual community or contact us for a referral.

3. Attend Spiritual Services Regularly. If you don’t live near an appropriate spiritual community, we offer a weekly spiritual talk delivered by email, Facebook and Twitter. We also host a regular Vedanta Dinner for those who live in the New York City area.

4. Incorporate Individual Study. We keep a list of books and resources for your individual study needs.

5. Take Responsibility for Your Spiritual Life. Read our talk about listening to your own inner compass and contact us when you have a question that your spiritual community isn’t answering adequately.

6. Leverage Rituals Thoughtfully. As an example, read our essay about the power of saying grace.

Our longer talk about spiritual routine can be found here.

Happy Sunday! Peace be unto you. Peace be unto all.

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