“Because we are spiritual beings, it is the spirit of what we do that determines how much fulfillment we derive. You can be going through all the motions and doing all the appropriate and expected actions, but if you are empty or absent inside, your deeds mean little. Only soul satisfaction can fulfill you; everything else will leave you hungry. Spiritual teacher Paramahansa Yogananda noted: “Manners without sincerity are like a beautiful but dead woman.” Essence is more important than appearance.
When evaluating what someone is offering or giving you, or what you are offering, appraise it by the investment of spirit rather than material. An inexpensive, personally crafted gift from the heart can mean much more than an expensive jewel. Ask any mother how much she appreciates the drawing her little child made for her, and she will tell you it is priceless. The real jewel of life is your presence. Deliver that, and you will enrich everyone you touch, beginning with yourself.”
Alan Cohen, in “Relax into Wealth”
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