What is a whole human being?
Members of First UU Church Of San Diego have often heard me say, "First Church is in the business of creating whole human beings and our product is healed lives that help heal the world." People resonate with this idea but recently the question has come up, "What does a whole human being look like?" Here are some thoughts.
A whole human being is not perfect and never will be. We strive for progress leading to ever greater spiritual maturity, not perfection. No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, you can choose to be a whole human being.
A whole human being knows that wholeness comes from being part of a community where all the members of that community are working to create the beloved community of all souls. In community we give and are given to. We are seen and see and accept others. Our gifts are named and given. We are supported in times of struggle and pain and we offer that support to others. We love and are loved in return. This community is created by us all showing up together for worship and service.
A whole human being is always striving to grow spiritually and engages in practices that help that happen. These practices are various and could include meditation, prayer, sacred reading, sacred movement, and deep learning and questioning. It helps a whole lot to take part in one or more small groups that support these practices. First Church's Spiritual Friendship Groups are designed to be a cherished resource for spiritual growth.
A whole human beings is always striving to treat others with kindness, understanding and compassion. Since we are not perfect we will fail sometimes, but when we do, we seek forgiveness and try to make amends. We are quick to forgive others. We seek to heal relationships with family and former love ones that may be broken, when doing so does not cause more harm to ourselves and others.
A whole human being is aware of moving from selfishness to selflessness, knowing that that is path to happiness. A whole human being gives generously of financial resources, time and self. A whole human being takes advantage of opportunities to serve others in need. A whole human being stands up for others who are oppressed, mistreated or abused.
A whole human being is ever more grateful for the gift of life.
Posted on Sun, September 12, 2010
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