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Humility hu·mil·ity the quality or state of being humble;absence of pride or self-assertion=====================================

“Humility is not cowardice, it is spiritual power.” – Swami Sivananda

“What makes humility so desirable is the marvelous thing it does to us; it creates in us a capacity for the closest possible intimacy with God.” Monica Baldwin

“Humility is not self-denigration; it is honest appraisal. We have gifts and deficiencies, as does everyone else. We start from there, remembering that God loves each of us with a unique but equal love. It is that love which is the measure of our worth.” Rule for Associates of Holy Cross Monastery

Relying On Others

Most of us pride ourselves on our self-sufficiency. We like to be responsible for taking care of ourselves and pulling our own weight in the world. This is why it can be so challenging when we find ourselves in a situation in which we have to rely on someone else. This can happen as the result of an illness or
an injury, or even in the case of a positive change, such as the arrival
of a newborn. At times like these, it is essential that we let go of
our feeling that we should be able to do it all by ourselves and accept
the help of others.

The first step is accepting the situation fully as it is. Too often we
make things worse either by trying to do more than we should or by
lapsing into feelings of uselessness. In both cases we run the risk of
actually prolonging our dependency. In addition, we miss a valuable
opportunity to practice acceptance and humility. The ego resists what
is, so when we move into acceptance we move into the deeper realm of the
soul. In needing others and allowing them to help us, we experience the
full realization that we are not on our own in the world. While this
may bring up feelings of vulnerability, a deep feeling of gratitude may
also emerge as we open to the experience of being helped. This
realization can enable us to be wiser in our service of others when we
are called upon to help.

It takes wisdom and strength to surrender to our own helplessness and to accept that we, just like every other human being, have limitations. The gifts of surrender are numerous. We discover humility, gratitude, and a deepening understanding of the human experience that enables us to be that much more compassionate and
surrendered in the world. [from my friend].”

” I regard not the outside and the words, I regard the inside and the state of the heart. I look at the heart if it be humble, Though the words may be the reverse of humble. Because the heart is substance and the words accidents.”

Rumi – Masnavi Book 2 Story 7



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