I was sitting in meditation thinking about the year that had just been completed. I was judging myself for not accomplishing all that my ego told me I should have accomplished. And, in my meditative state the following thoughts came to me. Because we are of one mind, I thought it would be helpful to many readers to pass these words along as I do not believe they belong to me alone, but rather to all of us who still judge ourselves and find ourselves wanting.
“Do not undermine yourself for what you have done this year. This year more than ever, you have taken your learning from the morning lessons out into the world. This year more than ever, you have been willing to practice. I am proud of you and I am with you. You can do more and you will. Do not discount yourself and your willingness to learn and to do. This year you forgave more readily and held your tongue more frequently. Congratulate yourself for that. This is a practice. An athlete practices every day. He/she knows that without this daily discipline, what has been gained can be quickly lost, but with this discipline, greatness is achieved.
And so continue to practice daily. Strengthen your spiritual muscles. Appreciate how far you have come. Do not take it for granted, but continue to build on it. This is not the end. Enjoy all you do even if it seems difficult. Do not judge, for your judgment is not valid and it leads you only to feelings of guilt and remorse. These feelings are the ego’s way of trying to turn you back. Do not listen. Turn away and say: “I will not listen to these negative words. They are not true nor are they holy. I am God’s Son. I am blessed and I am on the path He has chosen for me. Nothing will lead me astray. In this I am determined.”
And when you get up from your morning study to make the bed or do the laundry, go to your job or to the store, do it with joy. Do it with a remembrance of the Divine, for this, too, is your spiritual practice. Indeed, all you do from morning until evening is your spiritual practice. Do it with love and do it with remembrance of who you are and all you have learned and be happy for you are doing what I have asked of you. Remember always that you are my Son of who I am proud.”
A few days later I had another thought that I would like to share with you and that is that my suffering over the past is a self-inflicted wound.
May you have a wonderful year filled with love and joy.
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