April 24

Today's quotation:

As you recognize that you already own the wholeness
you seek, and no one outside you can give you more than
you already are, dysfunctional situations will evaporate
like bad dreams exposed to the morning sun.

Alan Cohen

Today's Meditation:

When I was a teaching assistant at a college many years ago, a student once told me that she wished she had her life together like I did.  I was astonished by her statement because at the time, I felt that I had my life anything but together.  I felt frustrated and confused and fragmented, and with a bit of serious depression now and then thrown into the mix, I wasn't at all sure what I was about.  But in the eyes of that student, I already had wholeness.  She saw in me-- perhaps because I was an "authority" figure--something that she wished she had.

It's taken me many years to see in myself exactly what she saw in me, but it's been a journey well worth taking.  I know now that my wholeness already is within me, a part of the complete me, and it doesn't come from anyone or anything outside of me.  Now that I recognize and accept that wholeness, many negative parts of my life simply no longer have a place to reside inside of me.  And because those parts no longer help to form who I am, they don't cause the dysfunctional situations that they used to cause.

My wholeness is here, already a part of me.  Your wholeness already is a vital part of you, so it's important that you let it out and allow it to breathe and dance in the sun and the rain.  There's no need to hide it any longer out of fear that people won't understand it--as we saw a couple of days ago, those who mind our wholeness don't matter, and those who matter won't mind a bit when we start acting in a healthy, wholesome way.

Believe in it, and it is yours.  Live it, and it will allow you to live fully.  Be the whole person that you already are.

Questions to consider:

What are some things that might keep us from recognizing and accepting our wholeness?

What does the word "wholeness" mean to you?

Why might we hope that we can gain wholeness through others?

For further thought:

Individuality is only possible if it unfolds from wholeness.

David Bohm

  

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