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Six Universal Spiritual Principles

Six Universal Spiritual Principles

So many of us want to live more simply. In our search for strategies, focusing on these six basic principles that are common to all humanity can help us make underlying shifts in the way we live our lives, so we can live more in accordance with these deepest human values and principles.

Find out the six universal spiritual principles common to all people, here:

Being kind to all life is a choice we can make in every moment of every day–doing as little harm and as much good as we can, given our situation.

By putting ourselves in others’ shoes we may understand their struggle. The roots of the word compassion are “to suffer with;” by practicing voluntary radical simplicity, we will better understand the situation of the world’s low–income people. Most spiritual traditions extend compassion to all life, the Earth as whole, and the beholder (that’s you!)

The intense concern a mother has for her child, and the child for its mother is one example of unconditional love. Most of us entered this world in the space of love. when the child no longer relies on its mother for nourishment, warmth, and safety, the Mother Earth takes over meeting our needs. This space of intense concern can be extended to all life.

When we love others and the Earth we will naturally want to be accountable for our influence on their welfare. In a global economy, truly being accountable for the implications of even our smallest actions is a tall order. It we transition to a bioregional lifestyle where we see the results of our choices ad we cultivate a love for all life, we might be more willing to be accountable.

Self-imposed limits and restraints are part of a spiritual life. We can grow to love limits as they focus our energies into positive, helpful activities that do no harm.

To see the wonder and miracle of even the seemingly common things helps us appreciate our brief time on this planet. We draw a breath. . . and then another. . . What a miracle!

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Adapted from Radical Simplicity, by Jim Merkel (New Society Publishers, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Jim Merkel. Reprinted by permission of New Society Publishers.
Adapted from Radical Simplicity, by Jim Merkel (New Society Publishers, 2003).

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10:45PM PST on Jan 19, 2014

Thank you for article.

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Thank you for article.

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Thank you for article.

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Thank you for article.

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Thank you for article.

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2:42PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

good reminders

9:25AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

Thank you for the reminder.. I am lucky to have read this today... I needed a reminder... ;)

6:14AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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