Humility As a Spiritual Tool

Thought for today:

Moving through the Twelve Steps, we find that self-centeredness often run and ruin lives.  But we can escape the cycles of selfishness.   Humility is a gift that comes from the awareness of our selfish motives, and it can  guide us.

A member shares:

“I was humiliated by my debt.  Family ridiculed me.  I dared not tell friends.

“I was boxed in by my disease of compulsive debting.  Isolated and afraid, I sought the comfort of charging merchandise.

“Today I think of humility as a freedom from my ego.  I’m out of the equation, and there is so much more relief now.

“My pride is none of my business today.  I try to let go of the resentments and fears.”

DA Step Seven: 

“Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.”

The spirituality of humility:

When we realize our need to balance the competing interests of altruism and greed, humility tells us to have compassion for our fellow humans.  It brings words like mercy and love into our spiritual vocabulary.

We can seek peace and justice because they are good for all.  When we remove ourselves as the center of our universe, we start to see humility as something to be sought.

Ask:

Am I still the center of the universe?

Meditation for today:

If anger compels you to action, better to take a spot-check inventory and check your motives than to lash out in that anger.

When we reflect on the cause of anger, we often find alternatives to it.  Anger always starts from fear, but it can end by channeling that energy into productive efforts to build something of value.

Affirmation for today:

“I channel humility and love.”

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