Sculpture in the author's garden

Sculpture in author Dr. Jill Little’s garden

Finding our truth:

“The world that we live in is our own creation. We may completely identify through pure ego satisfaction, or with full cognition of our spirit, or both. We dig for new understanding of who we are as we awaken to our truth. It is important not to become impatient in the process. We all have different DNA, quirky habits, different appearances; we all have different time schedules to attain maturity. Each success we have allows for more boldness in our attempt to awaken and live in spirit. The ego won’t lead Ihood to spirituality, but the loving guidance of family and friends, and our spirit, will.”

Teaching the importance of spirituality:

“Spiritual dimension absolutely needs to be discussed regarding maturation. Since it impacts behavioral development and the outcome of our life, accounting for our mortality and search for living in a higher purpose. When spiritual dimension is included, it helps to close the gaps in our quest for understanding certain behavior, and to answer the question of “Why are we here?” which is best addressed through maturity.”

Personal growth:

“We may realize what we believe we like, we don’t like; what we do with our free time, is not what we want to do and that we may not be internally aligned with our external behavior. We may find unattractive traits that we possess, and we may want to change them. Recognize they are a part of us, but challenge ourselves in order to reach our evolvement.”

Satisfying ego & spirit:

“Motivation is often seen as the energy force filled because of a “lacking”. This may change as we recognize that we, in fact, “have”. As we develop abilities and talents, we find personal growth and fulfillment in achievements, satisfying both ego and spirit . . . When we are motivated to use our gifts to the maximum, with humility and without thought of self, it is a win-win for ourselves, and the path we seek.”

Being judgmental:

“The remarkable phenomenon in judging is that what we see in those we criticize is the very thing we dislike in ourselves. In our rush to see only perfection in ourselves, we elevate our status by pointing fingers at others’ imperfections. Those who “rub us the wrong way” are really our teachers. The next time you are ready to pick out a flaw, observe that which is sparking the discomfort and our urge to “correct.” Then, mentally embrace that person for being your teacher. Correct in yourself what you see in them. Notice ego involvement has surfaced; one of the most uncomfortable practices in pursuit of consciousness of spirit.”