Currently I am reading a beautiful book called Radical Acceptance by Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist Tara Brach, and I am reminded of how we keep circling back to the same questions, issues, challenges, hot buttons and trigger points, stuck in what she calls the "trance of unworthiness."
Radical acceptance: It seems so obvious when I read it, and yet so daunting to actually put it into practice in everyday life: extending lovingkindness and compassion to ourselves, just as we would offer it to others.
Our true selves are as rich and fertile and lush as this photo of the frog pond, and must be tended to with fierce tenderness.
"I wish I knew how it would
Feel to be free, yessiree
I wish I could break all
Of these chains, oh, yes
That are really holding me
Wish I could say all the things
I should say every day
And say em loud, say em clear
For the whole wide world to hear."
–lyrics from "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free"
by Solomon Burke