Moving along the spiritual path we are called to upgrade our actions, as we become more and more aware of the effects of what we say and do.
One way to upgrade is through deep reflection and meditation. Sitting and thinking about what we've done and plan to do, and the effects on others can help us think before we act; think with kindness instead of what makes a joke or makes us laugh.
A joke that puts others down is just the opposite of trying to purify our thoughts and actions through spiritual practices.
Another way to overcome spontaneous thoughts of negative humor is to pause before speaking or acting, considering for a moment if the intended action is for the highest good. We can tell what the best is if it hurts no one, including reflecting back on our self.
Acting with kindness in each situation by following the golden rule of treating others as we wish to be treated is a way to avoid a negative faux pas.
Kindness, kindness and more kindness is the way to act and interact with our fellow humans. This precludes the chance of hurting another's feelings or smudging our own mind with a not quite right action.
We learn by experience, and by upgrading our conscience continually through the practice of kind actions, we are less likely to slip into humor that offends rather than helps or heals.
Humor can be an effective tool for teaching if it is infused with an uplifting tone. It is a kindness to help, because others grow more positive by our example.
We grow spiritually when we spout words and actions from the consciousness of kindness. And for those of us of any religion it is our duty to grow and further ourselves spiritually through continually upgrading our actions.
Practice thinking kindly and acting with kindness uplifts us personally and stretches out to those around us. What we need to learn happens best by teaching. Also, teaching our kids to be kind in humor, jokes and actions helps them and their friends develop in a more positive and spiritual way.
Abiding in kindness
Growing in consciousness.
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