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Dirty Feet

on July 20, 2022

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi ~

Gandhi was a spiritual man full of wisdom and keen insight. What exactly does he mean here?

One of the first practices we learn on the spiritual path is to protect ourselves from the negative influences of the material world. A Hindu tenet is to live in the world but not of the world. In other words, although we have to live, work, love, and function in material society, our minds should be focused on our own spiritual growth. We protect ourselves from the influences of negative energy by wrapping ourselves in a cloak of blue or white light (or some other form of spiritual protection). We eat healthy, wholesome foods. We clear our minds of negative thoughts and accentuate the positive. We practice patience and forgiveness and push those dark feelings of hatred and anger from our hearts. We take care of our bodies in ways that honor and promote LIFE. We avoid hateful, chaotic, negative people. We surround ourselves with beauty, cleanliness, aromatic fragrances, peace, tranquility, and serenity. We remain calm in the face of danger and adversity. We strive to help others. We extend our hands in friendship and kindness. We turn off the noise, the hate, the violence, the chaos, the insanity directed at all of us by the media and loud, angry, hateful people.ย 

And it does not matter whether we are Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, Wiccan, or any other spiritual affiliation. The principles remain the same. Meditation and contemplation; prayer; trusting in a higher power; opening up our minds and hearts to the positive flow of energy; cleansing our minds and hearts of negative thoughts, feelings, and influences; striving to be a constructive force in the world instead of a destructive force; projecting light and a ray of hope in a dark world – all of us have the capability to shine like the brightest star in the night sky. But it takes commitment and work and a sincere belief that we all contain a divine essence inside ourselves.

May the divine spark in you shine brightly!

Dawn Pisturino

July 20, 2022

Copyright 2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


29 responses to “Dirty Feet

  1. Butterfly says:

    Nice Post ๐Ÿค 

    Liked by 3 people

  2. utahan15 says:

    tolstoy to gandhi to mlk what a double peace play combo!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Harshi says:

    Excellent quote and post, Dawn! I wholeheartedly agree.
    Thanks for sharing it.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Shining the spotlight on a beautiful and humble spirit. His light truly sparkled! ๐Ÿฅฐโœจ๐Ÿค—

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Michele Lee says:

    A wonderful post. Thank you, Dawn.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. Nancy says:

    Great quote and you share a beautiful way to live, Dawn.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Yes, he was part of a generation of human beings who had visions and spines while now all that we have left to direct our affairs are uninspiring technocrats.

    Liked by 3 people

  8. Nitin Lalit says:

    A very insightful post. It made me think a lot.

    Liked by 3 people

  9. Belladonna says:

    Great post Dawn! Love the quote

    Liked by 3 people

  10. Francochuks says:

    Love this man Gandhi โค๏ธ

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Agreed! What a beautifully written post! TY!

    Liked by 2 people

  12. Beautiful post, Dawn. โค We should bear in mind these basic principles every day and try to live by them.

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