Oh, human, the LORD has shown you what is good;
What does the LORD require of you
but to do justice, love kindness,
and walk humbly with your God?
Compassion and justice are the core of spiritual practice.
When we know with all our heart, soul, and being that all that is deserves compassion and justice, our only choice is to be compassionate and just beings.
When we know with all our heart, soul, and being that all that is is deeply and inextricably woven together, our only choice is work with and for compassion and justice.
Spiritual integrity is to act compassionately and justly.
The universe is not a monarchy.
One way to know a position is misguided is that it needs to be defended.
The inherent worth and dignity of every person does not need to be defended. It is a truth.
That all that is is woven in an inextricable web of mutuality does not need to be defended. It is a truth.
Human purpose is to realized and act on truths.
To live in integrity with all that is, we must act for the good of all that is. Much of all that is is viewed in worldly—non-spiritual—comprehension as Other—whether that be mineral, animal, human. Spiritual integrity means that there is no Other; spiritual practice is liberation of self in order to compassionately liberate all.
There is no Other.
Ends and Means
The questions—the breakdown of unassailable truths—lie in the means of achieving justice and compassion. Here is where we must begin the hard work of listening to one other. Respecting the inherent worth and dignity of one other.
The end is compassion and justice.
The means is compassion and justice.
The end is integrity, compassion, non-violence, and oneness with all that is.
The means is integrity, compassion, non-violence and oneness with all that is.
Action produces conflict; the challenge is to direct conflict toward the goal of liberation.
The past is past; the past is prologue; the now is the locus of action.
Relationship, relationship, relationship. Right relation. Relationship.
There is good spiritual discipline in seeing the water we swim in. Yet fish can’t change their water. They are likely to accept it as “the nature of things” or to say the water is disgusting—yet necessarily continue to swim in it.
First we must see. Then we must act. Both seeing and acting are continuous spiritual practice.
The spiritual practice is not working for a vague tomorrow. The spiritual practice is embodying compassion and justice each moment. Living in the Beloved Community means embodying it. Liberation of all that is.
The Value of Thought and Belief
Of what use is a teaching or a practice that does not lead to action?
Of what use is a spiritual experience that does not lead to change in behavior?
If you are convinced you that you are a frog, but you don’t try to jump, what is your conviction?
If you are convinced that compassion and justice are the purpose of life, yet you do not live for compassion and justice, what has changed?
Here’s another moral truth: you can believe in the best of actions yet still act in a morally reprehensible manner.
Only those thoughts that trigger action have validity. Thought and belief have no meaning outside of action.
We must live fully within our spiritual tradition, with constant practice, practice leading to action. Constant motion.
You must change your life.