Humility is one of the qualities we need to develop if we want to grow spiritually. To have humility is to eliminate the ego which can be a deterrent to our spiritual progress.
What is ego? Ego means we think we are the doers, while humility recognises that God is the doer. As long as we think we are the doers, we focus on the aspect of ourselves that is temporary, which we leave behind when this life ends. Humility makes us aware that we are soul, and connects us with God.
So, how can we develop humility? One shortcut to developing humility is having gratitude. When we are grateful to God, we realise that whatever we receive in life is not our own doing but through divine grace. If we develop gratitude, we will naturally develop humility and eliminate the ego.
We feel grateful when we understand the realities of human existence. We could have been any of the millions of species of life, but we have been fortunate to receive a human body. We have been graced with many other gifts.
If we look at people who have been materially successful, many of them think they have achieved that status on their own merits. They do not think that whatever they have is a divine gift.
The ego makes us think that whatever we have gained is due to our own efforts. Instead of using our gifts to do good and be grateful to God, we relish the power we have over others.
We have the choice to do good with what we have, or to be egotistical and use our power to rule over others. When this life is over, we have to account for our deeds. We want to make the best use of this life by taking steps towards divinity. We can do so by putting in time for meditation and leading an ethical life.
Through gratitude and humility, we can overcome the ego. Try this experiment of remembrance: Live every moment in gratitude. Here is an activity we can try in our homes: Go through a day and see how many times we remembered to be grateful for divine grace, God. Is it once or twice? Then do we go back to thinking we are the doers, causing everything to happen?
Try to increase the amount of time we live in gratitude. Can we take God with us to work, to our families, to our friends, and to our activities? Can God walk with us at every moment?
We may call for divine help when our life is threatened, so we could also call on God while eating, dressing, walking, talking, working, playing, or sleeping. Such a one who can do this will find joy and happiness at all times. They will rise above problems and not be affected by the ups and downs of life.
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