“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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“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” ~Maya Angelou
Whose day can you brighten today? Small acts of kindness can go a long way! And you just might be surprised at how much those acts of kindness brighten your own day as well.
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“The human heart is exquisitely fragile. Our judgements need to be gentle, our understanding deep, and our forgiveness wide.” ~Ron Rolheiser
This is so true of how we should treat others. It’s also true of how we should be treating ourselves!
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“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!
“Everything that kindness touches relaxes into its true nature.” ~Pamela Wilson
Kindness is a powerful gift that lets each of us relax into who we really are when we are touched by it. Offer kindness whenever you can to others and to yourself. You might be surprised at just how much power it has to create positive change!