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What’s That, Again? August 25, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Mindfulness, People, Spirit & Ego.
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When people brag about their inner compassion and kindness, while giving themselves a pat on the back for being non-judgmental and accepting towards all, especially the less fortunate . . .

And then . . .

In almost the same breath . . .

Judge others for not being  compassionate enough . . .

It makes me smile!

Bouncing around like the Church Lady, or perhaps like a toddler about to wet his pants, they point fingers at  others for not being as “compassionate and non-judgmental” as they perceive themselves to be.

As I said, it makes me smile.

Something about the contradictory nature of their claims doesn’t ring true.

The goal is not to be more compassionate than someone else . . . we need only strive to be more compassionate than our previous self.

No rules.  Just write!

Related posts:  Cultivating Happiness . . . not Hedonism * Dalai Lama: Inner Peace & Happiness * Generosity of Spirit * Loving Kindness & Compassion

Letting Ourselves Be Seen August 25, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, People, Spirit & Ego.
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I’d rather be disliked for who I am than loved for who I am not.

If I pretend to be someone I’m not and people like me . . . I’ve gained nothing, because they’ve fallen in love with a “mask.”

And if they don’t like the “pretend me,” I’m left wondering if the real me would have fared better. 

As we move from an ego-orientation to a more spiritual awareness, we realize that we are enough . . . as we are.

We stop striving to be who THEY want us to be and let ourselves be seen.

We realize that our perfection lies in our imperfection.  We accept the “what is” as it is.  We stop analyzing others to find their “fault lines” and realize that who they are is not an issue we need to tackle.

When we know who WE are . . . we know how to live. ~ Goethe

For a funny and enlightening TED talk on Letting Ourselves Be Seen:  Ubantu (Creating Reciprocity).

Quote:  He who trims himself to suit everyone else will soon whittle himself away. ~ Raymond Hull

No rules.  Just write!

Related posts:  To Agree Or Disagree * Desiderata . . . Desired Things * A Study of Contrasts * The Courage to Be Free * Unusual Angles * Speak Your Truth . . . Quietly and Clearly

Artwork by Maitte Van Arsdel ~ available at Island Gallery West.