In my last blog I talked about a speaker, Robert Schwartz, and his topic of life virtures, at a recent international conference I attended. I listed the first 14 virtues on Wednesday and will complete the set today with the remaining 13 (and my interpretation of the definitions as needed). After you have all 27 virtues I will explain an exercise he gave us that was quite enlightening in the search for our own, individual life plan or purpose.
16. Reverence for Life (honoring the life energy in all living things)
20. Open-heartedness (drop the armor from around your heart from previous hurts)
25. Self Control
27. Coming Into a Greater Knowing of Your Strength and Power (you may feel powerless or unworthy of what you really desire)
Write all 27 life virtues along the left hand side of a page of paper. Then think about the greatest life challenges you have had and list them in chronological order from birth/childhood forward (illness, loss of siblings, moving from place to place, separations, divorces, deaths, basically anything that has been quite difficult to overcome). Make a list of these (maybe 10-15) on a separate sheet of paper. Now, for each difficult challenge in your life using a scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest) think about EACH virtue of the 27. For instance, if one of your life challenges has been loss, rate on a scale of 1-10 the difficulty encountered in loss in reference to faith, trust, acceptance, compassion, etc. for all 27 virtues. This will take at least 30 minutes to complete as you really consider the challenges, rankings and divine virtues. You might want to work on it a little and set it aside to let the ideas sort of incubate in your mind. Ultimately, you will come up with 2-5 divine virtues that surface in your life that you have built big life challenges around to help you learn them. This can be a very humbling and enlightening experience if you take the time needed to go deep into your mind and pull out the ones that still seem to be a challenge, an irritant in your life.
One the next blog I will talk about the importance of recognizing your life challenges and accompanying divine virtues for you life. Have a great few days!