“Too Good To Be True | On the Path to Goodness” written by Guest Contributor.
“God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.”
Matt Kahn and His Too Good to Be True
I really enjoy the teachings of Matt Kahn. His videos resonate with me on such a deep level. I actually had the pleasure of chatting with him at The Conscious-Con event here in Cincinnati last February.
VIDEO: Too Good To Be True
His video entitled “Too Good to Be True” is a perfect example of how he is able to put into words some thoughts about spirituality I’ve had for many years.
Being spiritual is not so much about what we say, but more about how much we love and care about others.
What Is the Truth?
I have friends that range from self-proclaimed atheists to born again Christians and everything in-between and what I’ve come to realize is that the best indicator of one’s spirituality is not about what you say (defending truth), it’s about how you “are” (experiencing goodness).
Any truth we cling to requires us to defend it. Think about how radically people defend their beliefs to the point of conflict, war, and violence against each other.
Any form of truth creates conflict because each side thinks they know the truth and we end up destroying ourselves and hurt each other to defend our truth.
Our definition of our truth eats us alive when we need to defend it to other people and changes throughout our lifetime.
…because it’s not REALLY the truth. If it really was the truth we wouldn’t feel the need to defend it.
Once you correct others or defend yourself it’s not the truth; it’s ego (edging God out)
So what do we have if not some kind of belief? What is higher than truth where spirituality is concerned according to Matt Kahn?
What Is Goodness?
Goodness can be defined as being ready to do our part in improving the lives of as many people as possible. The truly important feature of being good is doing good, and the scope of that doing is limited only by our willingness to give.
Ultimately, goodness is made possible by a remarkable feature of human beings: the ability to suspend our ongoing preoccupation over our well-being to focus on someone else’s.
-ARTHUR P. CIARAMICOLI
Goodness is something that happens during times of selflessness.
If you want to attain a higher level of spirituality and in the process be a better person, bring more goodness forward into your life.
How to Achieve Goodness
Here are a five ways you can cultivate more goodness in your life and make your life too good to be true.
1) The people who need it the most are the ones that are depleted and suffering. It might look like anger and complaining and rudeness. Have you ever been treated badly by a checker at a grocery store and your first reaction is to report them to a manager? This is the person who needs a kind word or a compliment instead of being beaten down even more. When you catch someone complaining give them a compliment.
2) Look for the goodness inside yourself. Focus on what you do right. You do so many good things in your life that you don’t give yourself credit for. We are all inherently good and would help a stranger if they needed it. Treat yourself like you would treat a small child. Find ways to feel good about yourself. Compliment what you do right. The degree to which we are able to give to the world is determined by the degree to which we love ourselves. Only then can give the goodness you recaptured in yourself to others. “When you can stand in front of a mirror and say you’re beautiful the gates of heaven will open”- Matt Kahn
3) Listening and validating another person’s existence by taking the time to honor where they are without trying to change them or the situation. Can you listen to another person without an agenda? Without wanting to change them or give an opinion? People need to be heard and validated more than they need advice.
4) It’s not about how many hours you sit in a room alone and meditate but how much goodness you bring to the people out in the world. You are not as effective if you only surround yourself with other people who feel the same way that you do spiritually or if you close yourself off from the world. The true spiritual practice is out in the world bringing goodness and kindness to every person you meet. It might look like this…Someone asks you for money and you give them more than you’re comfortable with. You let people in traffic. You smile and say hello to people. You greet everyone with kindness and a kind word. Validate them with a compliment. Let life have its way.
5) Tell yourself what you want to hear. Is there a person now or in your past that you wanted to hear certain kind and loving words of acceptance? It could be a parent or an ex-lover. Whatever words they didn’t say to you. Say them to yourself. Or even higher, say it to them; either in person or in your mind. If you wanted to hear from them “I love and accept you just as you are. You are amazing.” Say it to yourself.
Living In Good Is Too Good To Be True
We are living in a time of great change and it can feel scary and chaotic. Goodness is the way, the truth, and the light. A true rediscovery of goodness is not just an option, it’s a necessity. If you are struggling with finding your purpose in this time of change. Choose the path of goodness. Choose grace and generosity.
I LOVE YOU!
It may be too good to be true, but that is the real answer.
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