"Everything in the universe wants to be loved and accepted. Our personal work is to find the love and acceptance within ourselves." Shakti Gawain, Living in the Light
Well, isn't that the truth. I'm guessing you've been working on this your entire life. Because we are all unfolding and growing and facing new challenges and changes brought on by growing older and older and older, we have the opportunity to check the truth of Shaki's quote all our lives. While still in bed this morning I could see in my mind's eye where Living in the Light, once lived on my book shelf. The book is no longer there, but I've put in the newsletter tab a link to the revised edition of this book which you can read online.
So how much loving yourself are you doing? And how much accepting? There's the kind of accepting that starts off like this," I've always been like this and I'll never ever change." OR, "He/she's always been like that and will never change." Not so fast. How about the kind of acceptance where you say, "Today this is how I'm feeling." Then step beside yourself and say, "I'm going to ask you again tomorrow and see if it's still true because from my point of view, you're being unfair to yourself." Check in with yourself every day first thing before your judgmental self has gotten a foothold. See what happens.
There are many parts of ourselves we're not too fond of from time to time, and sometimes we're especially hard on ourselves. How about letting that little lonely unloved self speak to you, and then listen. Is it asking,"Why don't you love me?" Does it need some love and encouragement to take the next step away from fear and into the light?
Baruch ata adonai...what a journey life is and how much easier it is during the light of day, during the season where light starts early and leaves late. Yesterday I checked out pricing of cards, and today I feel like a big load has been lifted. What in the world was I afraid about? Well, it's gone now. I'm glad I shed some light on that. Amen
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