Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
Three basic yet vitally important principles, so important that they were integral in the evolution of our current civilisation!
What is Brotherly Love?
The clichéd version would be to love every person as your Brother or Sister. A more mature understanding of this concept would be to try to mutually understand the beliefs, culture and world view of other people. They may do things differently form what we are used to , but their way in not necessarily wrong. Being willing to tolerate and understand others in the first step in achieving Brotherly Love. In an ideal world, others would be willing to tolerate and understand us just as we would be willing to do the same for them.
What is Relief?
Relief is an easing of pain or suffering. It encompasses charity, good will, compassion and empathy and all those other wonderful mutually beneficial actions. The easiest way to bring relief into your life is to show it to others. You don’t have to necessarily tithe your wealth to the poor, or limit yourself in any way – a simple gesture of not parking in a disabled parking space, or holding the lift for an older person, or someone struggling with lots of packages, making a cup of tea for a family member while making one for yourself – all small and seemingly insignificant things on their own, but possibly important for the recipient. By actively exercising relief for others, our attention is naturally brought to our own needs which we can then attend to as appropriate.
What is Truth?
Truth is the absence of deception. Truth has to work in two areas of our lives – we need to be truthful to ourselves in our own lives and truthful to others in our engagements with them. Truth serves to simplify our lives. It is not always easy to be truthful, to see circumstances for what they are, or to speak your truth to someone, but as soon as you have engaged truth, circumstances and life changes. Truth in essence is the eternal liberator. Truth automatically engages our responsibility and with the two combined we can move towards success in our lives and our relationships.
Go out and have a BRT day and feel how liberating it is!