Wanted to share this short and sweet excerpt from the book “Radical Acceptance” by Tara Brach, Ph.D. It feels congruent with the spirit of these transformative times. This has been a time of personal, painful peeling; stripping away what isn’t me to reveal more of what is. It’s an “ouch and wow” time.
But wait….. I’m starting to feel a trace of shine in the strippings; there are deep new knowings. I am entertaining the possibility that I am not alone in this. Perhaps many of us are “readier now than ever” to learn to love and accept ourselves unconditionally. In my view, this is the root and the heart of our ability to extend that love out to a world so hungry for transparent authenticity and refreshingly wholehearted connections. What do you think?
Growing Up Unworthy
In their book, Stories of the Spirit, Jack Kornfield and Christina Feldman tell this story:
“A family went out to a restaurant for dinner. When the waitress arrived, the parents gave their orders. Immediately their five-year-old daughter piped up with her own. ”I’ll have a hot dog, french fries and a coke.”
“Oh no you won’t, interjected the dad, and turning to the waitress he said, ‘She’ll have the meatloaf, mashed potatos, milk’.
Looking at the child with a smile, the waitress said, “So hon, what do you want on that hot dog?”
When she left the family sat stunned and silent.
A few moments later the little girl, eyes shining, said, “She thinks I’m real.”