Do a Spiritual Self-Assessment

Posted: June 16, 2016 in faith based, religion, spirituality
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Much is done in the name of religion. Some of it is very good, and some of it is very bad. I developed what I call “A Barometer of Religious Practice: A Spiritual Self Assessment.” Take a look!

 

By Charles W. Sidoti, BCC

Religious acts and practices such as prayer, the reading of Sacred Scripture, or belonging to a particular faith group and observing its traditions can be spiritual but they do not necessarily lead one to spiritual connectedness.  Some very religious people are not very spiritual or spiritually connected.  One of the best ways I have ever heard the relationship between religion and spirituality described is that the relationship between religion and spirituality “is like the relationship between love and marriage,” meaning:

One can be married but not in love; one can be in love but not married; or one can be married and in love.

The ideal is that if you are married you are also in love.  Likewise the ideal is that if you are religious that you are also spiritual (spiritually connected).

I created a kind of religious self – evaluation that I have shared during presentations that I have given.  People seem to like it.  I thought I would share it with you:

A Barometer of Religious Practice: A Spiritual Self-Assessment

Consider:  How do my religious practices or beliefs affect the way I treat other people?  How do  other people feel when they are around me?  Do my religious practices help me to become a more hospitable – loving, kind and accepting person?  Does my religion help me to have a generative attitude toward others, one that affirms and nurtures other people’s growth as a human being?   Or does my religion provide me with a reason to feel better than others?

The goal any healthy religion is to help us to re-discover our connectedness to all of creation and recognize the spark of the divine in each person.  It is to help us to realize that there are invisible ties that bind us together.  In fact, the more enlightened we are, the more humble we will become.  We will consider ourselves better than no one.  We will notice a growing sense of gratitude and appreciation for the gracious free gift of life.

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 Check out my two books: (The reflection above is an excerpt from “Living at God’s Speed, Healing in God’s Time”)

Living at God’s Speed, Healing in God’s Time” – withRabbi Akiva Feinstein – Just $14.95 on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Living-Gods-Speed-Healing-Time/dp/158595831X 

 

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