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It Was Worth It!

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Wide awake in the middle of the night,
head buzzing with the latest fears, doubts and anxieties,
I decided to dive deep into the ocean of myself.
I discovered stories I had told about myself
since childhood.
I saw the ways that I had unconsciously trained
my husband to perpetuate the stories,
and how desperately I was seeking
love, attention and approval
even in the midst of my beliefs of unworthiness.
Wide awake in the middle of the night
I experienced a profound reckoning,
a chance, a choice to stop telling those stories
once and for all,
to witness and know and hold my goodness
in the vast space of my tender heart—
and to see the innocence in all of us.
Five hours passed as I underwent this reckoning.
The next morning I was sleep deprived
and most likely looked like a zombie…
but awakening to the truth at the core of myself
was worth it!

That’s Good

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A word about our basic goodness…
What would happen
if we believed deep down
that we are inherently good?
How would we treat others
if we believed the same about them?
We might spend our whole lives
trying to weed out our character flaws
and our negative tendencies,
thinking that one day
when we are finally worthy,
finally good enough,
we could be happy–
but I say,
let’s not defer our happiness.
Instead, why don’t we relax
into the realization
that we are all inherently good,
kind people,
and work on magnifying those qualities
in ourselves and others?
If we focus on how we need to change
we might blind ourselves
to what is already precious,
whole, pure, sweet, and good,
what has already arrived,
what is already here.
You want to know deep goodness?
Sit still, close your eyes,
put your hands over your heart, breathe.
There now, that’s good.

Critical Mass

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One of my students said
I am an atheist.
I don’t believe in God,
but I have always believed
in the goodness of humanity.
But now, after what has happened recently,
I’m having trouble believing
in humanity.
And I could really hear him.
I could see the sadness,
the doubt, the heartbreak.
I believe in critical mass, I said.
I believe that if enough of us
think good things and do good things,
there will be a wave of goodness
that will shift this world to a better place.
And, there are so many good people out there.
Yes, a few can harm a great many,
but a few can also help a great many.
Let us focus on the good.
Let us eat, sleep, breathe and dance goodness.
Let us be a part of the critical mass
shifting the world to a better place.