Here is another message that I thought was profound from The Woman’s Book of Soul by Sue Patton Thoele. Enjoy!
In order to keep the threads that weave us together from fraying, we need to speak our truth and resolve conflicts within a container of caring. I am able to do this much more consistently when I remember the Four Noble Truths. The wisdom of the four noble truths can be found in many cultures, but I’m sharing knowledge found in The Great Wheel of Life, and ancient circular symbol that has been used by native peoples for thousands of years, and augmented by anthropologist Angeles Arrien and me (Sue).
The Four Noble Truths are:
1) SHOW UP and choose to be present to all that life offers. Be a good model----by walking your talk.
2) PAY ATTENTION to what has heart and meaning for you and resonates within your soul.
3) TELL THE TRUTH without blame or judgement. Say what you mean and mean what you say (indigenous peoples call this “speaking with spirit-tongue”) or, KEEP NOBLE SILENCE. From an empowered position, choose to remain silent.
4) STAY OPEN, BUT NOT ATTACHED TO THE OUTCOME. Deeply care, from an objective place, Break old patterns. Practice discernment.
If we did nothing else but adopt and live these four wonderful truths, our spirits would soar to new heights and our relationships would be healthy and holy. Remembering that the bottom line needs to be drawn with love, we can choose to speak with spirit-tongue or maintain noble silence.
I never speak with the intention of hurting.
I honor my truth and speak it caringly.
What are your thought on this?