I lived a life of such angst for so long. I wondered where I might find peace in my life. There certainly didn’t seem to be much peace in the world, but I felt like it was somewhere. I just needed to find it. So I began a journey in pursuit of something that would give me whatever degree of calm I could find. After so much searching, exploring, and learning anything I could unearth or experience that might lead me to find peace and the happiness it brought, the thing that helped bring about peace in my life the most was to do the work I needed, whatever it was, to finally calm down, get centered and grounded, find clarity, and put my attention directly into listening within. I began to talk to myself from a place of curiosity and gentleness, commencing a quiet but penetrating inquiry to discover how I was being and what I was doing to contribute to my own suffering and discontent with the world – my world. I took responsibility for the way things were in my life. I committed to doing whatever it took to initiate a shift in what I perceived were my problems and sought to ease and mitigate the discord I was experiencing. I brought in forgiveness and compassion along with my awareness and commitment to heal whatever I could find inside of me that felt raw and wounded. I took myself to the peace table – all the disparate pieces of me – and we sat in an open negotiation and honest discussion. We recognized one another for who and what we were, dropped from judgment into acceptance, and spent quality time together. I found a measure of peace within me I never even imagined was possible. This is at the core of what I believe it means to truly love oneself.
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