As our guest blog for this month, we are sharing a Spiritual Teaching and Practice from Paul Ferrini’s online course Journey from Fear to Love. Ferrini is the author of over 40 books on love, healing and forgiveness. His unique blend of spirituality and psychology goes beyond self-help and recovery into the heart of healing. He offers online courses, workshops and spiritual retreats in the USA and abroad. One can also sign up for daily inspirational messages at the link below.
Gentleness is a state of consciousness. We cultivate gentleness when we refuse
to beat ourselves up or to be harsh with others. When we are gentle, we accept
our humanness. We know that no one is perfect, and we all make mistakes.
So, when errors are made, we try to learn from them, and we do not blame and
shame ourselves or others. The more gentle we are, the more understanding
and forgiveness we experience in our lives, and the easier it is to acknowledge
and correct our mistakes.
Opposite States of Consciousness: Perfectionism, pressure, harshness, criticism.
Intolerance, punishment, lack of forgiveness. When we see that we are being
hard on ourselves and others, we need to recognize our human imperfection
and bring compassion instead of shame and blame. We need to soften, open our
hearts, and be gentle with ourselves and others.
For more on gentleness ~ https://gentleartofblessing.org/the-gentle-inward-gaze/