CHARACTER AND SPIRITUALITY

I asked an older gentleman in ICU once about his success in business.  “Yes, I was successful in business,” he told me.  Then, with a sigh of unease he continued, “But, that’s not what really matters….”  As he reflected, in his personal life, and most other areas, he had not achieved much at all.

Having discussed spirituality in general, we now need to translate that into our lives. 

In Judaism, spirituality relates to the essence of a person.  Character counts.  One’s level of spirituality can be measured as much by their conduct in the world as by their level of connectedness to higher realms.

A truly spiritual person must be refined.  The religious figure, who cheats on a spouse, or steals, or engages in some other unsavory conduct, cannot really be spiritual.  A spiritual person’s heart must align with their conduct – and that alignment must be consistent throughout their public and private lives.  A spiritual person does good deeds both in public and at home. 

A spiritual person is happy and optimistic.  A spiritual person is engaged in life.  This does not mean that a spiritual person does not sin, does not make mistakes.  To the contrary, as it says in Proverbs, a righteous person falls seven times.  However, the righteous person is not beaten down, but gets up to walk again learning the lessons of the past.

Who are you and who do you want to become?

If you want to be a spiritual person, what does that mean to you?

Start by formulating a picture in your mind’s eye of what a spiritual person looks like.

What is your vision of a spiritual person?  Who is it that you want to be?

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