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Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, says the key to being a spiritual person is understanding that it takes practice. "You have to practice becoming alert, becoming more conscious, becoming aware," he says. "And you have to practice becoming kinder, more compassionate and more caring."

Rabbi Kula has a rule that will help you practice your spirituality. "You have to develop your head, your heart, and your hands," he says. In order to develop your head, Rabbi Kula says you need to learn something new about yourself, someone else or an opinion you strongly disagree with, because doing so will help you become more conscious, aware and alert.

When you are grateful for things, Rabbi Kula says you develop your heart. He suggests that at the end of the day you think of 10 things that you're grateful for.

The idea of developing your hands means to perform an act of kindness every day. "Here's the key: [perform the act of kindess for] someone more vulnerable than you," Rabbi Kula says. "And it's like anything else. The more we practice, the better we become."
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FROM: When Life Breaks You Open
Published on January 14, 2009

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