Contrasting religious traditions are often linked by underlying spiritual principles. These principles, which show up in the literature of religions around the world and are supported by secular experience, open the heart, put one in touch with a larger consciousness, and expand one’s vision. A few examples:

Acceptance. Central to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions, acceptance is simply the ability to take life as it comes and to be at peace with oneself and one’s circumstances. Simple, but not always easy. “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, then I change,” said Carl Rogers (1995, p. 17).

Trust. An individual is more resourceful, less fearful, and knows how to live when ...

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