Being satisfied with what we already have is a magical golden key to being alive in a full, unrestricted, and inspired way. – Pema Chödrön
We cannot exile undesirable parts of ourselves without dulling the rest. That’s because our juiciness and aliveness is all mixed up with our craziness and confusion. This is why it’s crucial we make friends with our selves. Instead of rejecting parts, we treat our perceived flaws and inadequacies with the same gentle, loving-kindness we would a friend.
The non-judgmental study of our selves lends a sensitive view to all of humanity. Seeing others suffering with their own perceived short-comings helps loosen our resentments – the primary block to compassion. By knowing ourselves, just as we are, we’re in position to accept who we are with great love and kindness.
In doing so we are blessed with the added bonus of accepting others more graciously, as well.