Delightful little schmoos

“Through all the years of my practice from psychotherapy, from psychedelics, from meditation and yoga, I have never gotten rid of a single neurosis. They are still there. But they have gone from being huge scary monsters to delightful little schmoos. I see one coming along and I say, ‘Oh there you are again. I remember you. Tricky little thing, aren’t you?'” ~Ram Dass

My experience has been very much like what Ram Dass describes. No matter how much work I do, none of my neuroses have ever disappeared. I’ve learned to recognize them better and to befriend them so I can better moderate their impact, but they are still there. I no longer see that as failure. Rather, I celebrate it as successful monster taming every time one transforms into a “delightful little schmoo.”

 

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The best way to heal

sad looking woman hugging herself

“I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.” ~Lady Gaga

We so often think that beating ourselves up or acting like our own personal drill sergeant is the best way to push ourselves to heal and grow, but self-kindness is almost always the best path to healing.

Treat yourself with some extra kindness today!