Ripples #701: Dirt.
For our tribe of 31,760 busy people who share encouragement and gratitude.
Every flower must grow through dirt.
-source unknown, submitted by Carrie in Madison, WI
Feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we’d rather collapse and back away. They’re like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we’re stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we are.
-Pema Chodron, submitted by Rachel in LaBelle, FL
If your recent thoughts, feelings, and/or actions haven’t felt like your BEST SELF lately, Pema’s wise words above remind us that this may be an unexpected yet most welcome gift: the awareness that our imperfections are perfect opportunities to recognize how we might be unconsciously preventing our BEST SELF from being unleashed.
Whenever this happens: smile at yourself, take a deep breath, and remember that your awareness instantly invites options to grow through this “dirt” and blossom into your BEST SELF.