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June 14, 2012

Are you “spiritual”?

by Rod Smith

How to measure spirituality

I hear people of different faiths and denominations proclaiming to “more spiritual” than others. Here’s a checklist list I hope is helpful.

A so-called “spiritual person”:

  1. Accepts and respects all people without prejudice. He or she does not allow creed, age, economic status, sexual orientation, or gender, or national heritage to shape his or her opinions or treatment of others.
  2. Forgives others for real or perceived grievances, yet puts in place necessary measures of protection for the future.
  3. Is good with money; understands money and how it works, and yet, at the same time, remains very generous.
  4. Repairs relationships where repair is possible but remains aware that not all relationships are forever and not all relationship breakdowns can or should be repaired.
  5. Is free of the manipulation, intimidation, and domination of others and expects others to be similarly free.
  6. Cleans up quickly – emotionally, psychologically, and in every other way.   
  7. Takes full responsibility for his or her life.
  8. Has no interest in power and its trappings, yet is invested in empowering others to live as powerfully as possible.
  9. Addresses conflicts and problems head-on and as efficiently as possible.