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10. Perseverance

Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Principle: Perseverance

Definition: to stand firm; steadfastness; endurance; continued pursuit, continuance


The Five Precepts are the five categories of action from which everyone should abstain (much like the 10 Commandments). The difference is in Buddhism there is no final authority who judges our actions and doles out rewards or punishment. In Buddhism, everyone has the right to voluntarily choose to live by these Precepts out of compassion for themselves and for all sentient beings on Earth. When we live by these Precepts we ensure all creatures absolute safety and we know we cannot create negative karma.
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Even though we strive to be Christ like, at times we fail. Our conversion is a lifelong process. We are responsible for the maintenance of our spiritual state of being which requires daily examination, repentance, confession, forgiveness and restitution. If we err, we need to address it immediately (within 24 hours is a good rule of thumb). It is a simple, easy practice which allows us to keep our side of the street clean in all relationships. This practice of righting our wrongs daily, results in true and lasting change from who we were to whom we want to become.
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For Earth and its species to continue to evolve on its trajectory of growth and bountifulness, it is imperative that as a species we come to understand our proper place in the universal scheme. The time is now for us to take responsibility for our choices and actions because we are interconnected with all beings. We need to recognize our strengths, gifts and assets as well as our limitations and challenges. We need to make a concerted and committed effort daily to walk this Earth in integrity.
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Samsara is the endless round of rebirth from which Hindus seek to be free. The spiritual self lives on and will be held accountable for all the choices made. When we pass on to the next world for judgment, Yama tallies the soul's record and determines whether we receive reward or punishment. The sinless are led to the paradise of Brahma and the less virtuous will return to embody life at a higher level than the last. Death and judgment occur as often as each soul needs until it achieves freedom from rebirth. In the 4th Teaching of the Gita, Krishna tells Arjuna in very clear terms to follow his ways and be purified through the fire of knowledge. Knowledge will replace ignorance and free him from the cycle of samsara.
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Islam requires true repentance in order to receive Divine mercy, forgiveness and eternal salvation.
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In Judaism there is a tradition to arise early to do a mitzvah. As a result your entire day will be more tranquil. Jews are expected to take inventory and make amends. The Jewish tradition teaches that we are not required to finish the work, but neither are we free to desist from it. The inventory and the action to correct any wrongdoing become one and the same, simultaneously.
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Native American Spirituality

This step is about moment-to-moment inner alertness and offering instant amends when necessary. The only way to change old habits is to create new ones. When we practice being a positive warrior, the negative warrior eventually fades into the background. If we are consistent and diligent we make a new life.
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"Be poised and centered in the midst of all activities." This verse from the Tao Te Ching advises us how to maintain serenity in the midst of any circumstance. The source of this serenity comes from within and is therefore always available. The essence of the truth in this verse is that circumstances don't determine our emotions and actions unless we allow them, the power of choice resides within us. The challenge is always to maintain a state of stillness and calm even in the midst of chaos. This paradoxical balance is symbolized by the opposing energies of the yin and yang. This practice will develop the skills of self-mastery within us. The Tao states that when we allow ourselves to be "blown to and fro" by the changing circumstances in our lives, we are no longer centered by our root and we become restless and vulnerable.
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