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Easy Spiritual practices: The Fool

March 26, 2016

Spirituality is not just what you do in church on Sunday. It doesn’t have to be some tough discipline that takes years of practice.  No. It’s also all the little things in life too, like smiling at a stranger, giving a coin to a beggar, and stopping to smell (and appreciate) the roses. So if you want to be a bit more spiritual, if you want to come one step closer to the Divine, here is one easy little spiritual practice for today that was inspired by the Fool card.

Assume innocence first.

The FoolWhat does that mean, and why should we do that? Often, when someone does something we don’t like or understand, we jump to conclusions and think the worst of them instead of giving them the benefit of the doubt. We do this to other people, but is this how we would like to be considered and treated by others? Certainly not. And typically, our dark thoughts about the offending person turn out to be wrong, or they fail to take into account mitigating factors. As an illustration of this, consider a wonderful video I found a few years ago. Or you might like to read a few of my own personal examples, which I related in a blog post about the Fool card’s spiritual message of “Assume Innocence.”

The problem is that when we fail to assume innocence first, we end up judging other people. We get angry, and we increase our separation from others instead of being loving and non-judgmental and becoming one with each other. But if we have to assume something, why not assume innocence first?  It’s a good place to start. So with that in mind, try doing this simple exercise today:

Whenever you find yourself feeling angry or disgusted by something someone else does, consider why she may have done that. Or think about how you may be misunderstanding what happened.

Yes, perhaps you are just making up a story, but when you get mad and judge someone, you’re also making up a story, and it’s one that creates more aggravation in the world. Usually, when all is said and done, all we are left with is the story we’ve told ourselves, so why not make it a nice one?

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This post includes excerpts from my Tarot book — The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.

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