The theme of this morning’s walk was commitment. Again, this turned …….., into a two-part examination. The other side of commitment is dedication. Commitment is defined as the act of binding yourself both intellectually and emotionally to a course of action. Dedication is mark of an emotional notion. One would be committed. to a high level of performance in their work because they are dedicated to living out of a standard of excellence. We are committed to a course of action out of our dedication to an entity (work, family, community, etc.). Commitment is an external state. Dedication is in an internal state. Commitment, at the level of spiritual awareness, is a continuous internal process. Commitment is a spiritual principle that deepens expands through a process of discipline and focused action.
Dedication (internal, emotional and intellectual) is the state in which a person invests in the process of discipline and focused action, so that the dedication is the energy that moves the process. Commitment is not one sided. A person cannot be uncommitted and at the same time be dedicated; nor can they be dedicated and not committed. They are inseparable.
The more one becomes dedicated, the more the process of commitment becomes a habit. In addition, it is in this habit of commitment that the work is being done. By work, 1 mean work on a spiritual level. This form of spiritual awareness is given through the commitment and the dedication simultaneously. A caveat – when a person has tasted of the fruits of their labors, they may be tempted to label their actions as labors of love and acts of kindness. We may desire to define the actions themselves as love of neighbor and love of self. When we label our actions, it is impossible to say we are committed/dedicated. Love is a state of being, not an action.
When your labors are manifested in your behavior and in the gifts bestowed upon you through unmerited favor and when you awaken to WHO YOU ARE, you are committed and you are dedicated. The goal is the process itself. The joy is in the manifesting of love into action and in the giving that empties the mind.
As the mind (ego) shrinks, spiritual awareness grows. As spiritual awareness grows, the silence deepens, increasing the depths of your love for self and neighbor, neighbor and self. There is no separation- you are your neighbor. You are the one in the midst of the ONE.
From Journey with a Modern Mystic written by Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D. Read by Jodi Behan. © Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D.