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Best way of teaching is to use own experiences

Posted March 11 2006

Q. I want to share my spirituality with others, but sometimes I feel like I'm lecturing. What do you suggest? -- R.S.L., Delray Beach

A. Kahil Gibran offers us important guidelines about sharing knowledge. He said, "The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind."

The word "educate" is related to the word "educe," from the Latin word educere, to draw out and to bring forth. If you truly seek to share your spirituality with others, you may want to liberate the knowledge that lies dormant; to draw out what lies within. To accomplish this, you would have to set your own agenda aside.

Experience has taught me that the best way to lead is by example. Rather than telling others what you know, let them observe what you do. Have you developed compassion, tolerance, patience and inner peace? Are you an example of practical spirituality?

I suggest that when sharing your spirituality with others, you speak from the heart. Use your own experience to illustrate how you are learning and growing. This may stimulate them to look into themselves. Do not tell them how to think or what to do. Remember, we can only change ourselves.

"Seek peace, and pursue it" (Proverbs 34:14). Share what you have learned, or better yet, share a simple smile with someone today. Watch as it travels throughout the world. By your example, you teach love.

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