September 13, 2009

from may 21, 2009:

Hello again. Some of you are receiving this for the first time and to brief you, this email is designed to bring awareness to how you live and affect others.

This week’s focus is on self-worth and believing in what you are. Do you find yourself second guessing your decisions, your talents, your offerings to life/friends/work? I know I have. And it’s certainly made me insecure. But why should I be? There’s only one of me, and what I have to offer is not the same as others. It’s not fair to deny others the benefit of your personality/knowledge. We are constantly learning and seeking.

And this is certainly a process; one that begins with loving ourselves. Being happy starts with loving who we are. “To love is first of all to accept yourself as you actually are. ‘Knowing thyself’ is the first practice of love.” Seems obvious, but there’s so many out there that are unhappy, that don’t love who they are, take their insecurities out on others, which in turn makes those people insecure. I’ve been the brunt of it and it made me second-guess a lot of what I’m about. I know now not to.

The best part about this, is that these lessons are the most simple of lessons — it’s all about the application, the practice and the awareness. Just like a sport, you have to practice to be good at it. So practice loving yourself, practice self-awareness and you’ll find yourself a lot happier.

The quote below was the inspiration for this week’s thought and it takes several readings to really soak in, but it’s very powerful. And I must thank Nancy for sharing this with me. My yoga teacher, too.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, or fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to believe? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. You were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within you. It is not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to be the same. As we were liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberated others.”
– Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison.

Please forward to anyone. Love and peace.


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