Updated: Mar 20, 2020
The best mediation for me are the single word contemplation. It’s easily done, one sits with open eyes, with a piece of paper and a pen. All attention and energy goes into resolving a single word. Thought goes to unraveling the meanings, by that definition we define and redefine the word and how it relates to us. The lesson contained in the word and how we can apply it to our daily life … if we can at all.
I’ve been doing this work when thinking of the 7 Sacred Teachings.
Seven simple words, disassembled and deduced to emotions and matter which you can breathe. That energy absorbed and made part of you, with it deeper understanding as to what they truly mean. Only because you’ve unlocked it for yourself and begin the process to making it part of everything you are and everything you do.
The Wolf teaches us to be considerate of others before ourselves. It is also an expression of humility. He bows his head in the presence of others out of deference and will not take food until it can be shared with the other members of his pack. There is a lot that can be said about life in the pack, having a role that helps and aids to the well beings others. Therein lies the mystery of the wolf. We assume that all are given an equal share of the bounty, and it becomes a lesson of generosity. Where we can take a deeper look at how much we choose to give. Whether we give too little or take too much. That also depends on the inherent value of the things we are giving. The action of giving of ourselves which is the heart of what humility is.
Understanding the teachings of humility we must look deeper to find meaning of this word. To understand what it is, but more importantly what it isn’t. It is more than placing others before ourselves, being considerate and knowing our place in the society and fulfilling a role. These other lessons that wolf teaches, because wolf also teaches us about Respect and Generosity. Those are teachings onto themselves but notice how they overlap, perhaps after we realize the truth of one we can better understand the truths of the others.
It is defined as:
A modest or low view of one's own importance; humbleness.
Humility and what it means for me, it is to “give of one’s self”. To give of my time and energy. To invest myself in people and places I find important, to nourish them heart and body and to create safe spaces which those people can gather and BE safe. But that is my role in my community: to teach and to care. There is a limit to how long that can be sustained. The energy inside ourselves is not endless but also must be fueled by the actions and endeavors of others to ease the burden of the work. Knowing when it is time to rest. It is to live and work within your limits.
Not only is it important to understand what you limits are, but what your personal limits are, on multiple levels.
“I may know a lot, but there are others who may know more…”
"How much can I invest of myself before I’m exhausted?"
"How involved should I be before I burn out?"
Take a moment for you... contemplate the word and what it means to. Write it down. Define it. Redefine it and how it pertains to you and your life. Read it back. Revisit it, continue the work until you can feel the essence of the word. Also contemplate the person you would be without it. Who would you be if you chose to ignore the teachings and embrace its opposite? Who would you be, if arrogance was a tenants of your well being? What does that look like? Is that who you are? Perhaps it does exist in you, we are human after all, and none of us are free of faults. But choosing to see it and acknowledging it, embracing it as part of ourselves, we can begin.
How do we practice humility?
· It’s in our actions, and how we choose to behave.
· It’s in listening to experience,
· It’s in knowing your limits,
· It’s living within your limits
· It’s praising others in their successes
· It’s sometimes going last
· It’s asking for help,
· It’s being mindful and focusing on the present and being present
· It’s seeking criticism,
· It’s acknowledging mistakes
· It’s being mindful of your action
How would you practice Humility?
Contemplate this for yourself. Discover the methods that work for you.
Although keep in mind writing it down is not truly practicing. But a simple step into understanding it better.
Before we close, let me leave you with this. Is there such thing as being TOO humble? Yes there is, but how you navigate that delicate balance is up to you. Explore it and find what out what works and what doesn’t.
It is the difference in knowing the teaching and putting it into practice. How we do this, is up to us as individuals.
These sacred words are not simple things, they are a way of being. To embody and envelop these words they become part of us and our way of life.