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Showing up as our authentic selves

“We waste so much energy trying to cover up who we are when beneath every attitude is the want to be loved, and beneath every anger is a wound to be healed and beneath every sadness is the fear that there will not be enough time.

When we hesitate in being direct, we unknowingly slip something on, some added layer of protection that keeps us from feeling the world, and often that thin covering is the beginning of a loneliness which, if not put down, diminishes our chances of joy.

It’s like wearing gloves every time we touch something, and then, forgetting we chose to put them on, we complain that nothing feels quite real. Our challenge each day is not to get dressed to face the world but to unglove ourselves so that the doorknob feels cold and the car handle feels wet and the kiss goodbye feels like the lips of another being, soft and unrepeatable.”

"beneath every attitude is the want to be loved, and beneath every anger is a wound to be healed"

If we looked at the world through the lens of compassion, we could see better that in each and every person that we encounter, there is a wish to be loved and a wound to be healed. We don't want people to see our vulnerabilities, our wish to be loved. Nor do we want to show people our wounds, our need to be healed. We are all more alike than we are different, in each of us a desire to be seen and a desire to feel healed. If we allow our compassionate hearts to see ourselves and our world through this new lens, that's when love and healing take place. Take off your gloves, notice tiny little moments in your day as an opportunity to experience presence, love, and true healing.

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