Friday, April 22, 2011

Accepting Yourself

"Every moment provides you the opportunity to move in the direction of your higher self or in the direction of stagnation or degradation."

A Dynamic Choice-Maker
Accepting Yourself
courtesy of Daily Om

There is no such thing as a good person or a bad person. There are choices and actions that lead us in different directions, and it is through those choices and actions that we create our realities. Sometimes we choose or do something that takes us in the opposite direction of the reality we want to create for ourselves. When we do this, we feel bad - uneasy, unhappy, unsure. We might go so far as to label ourselves “bad” when a situation like this arises. Instead of labeling ourselves, though, we could simply acknowledge that we made a choice that led us down a particular path, and then let it go, forgiving ourselves and preparing for our next opportunity to choose, and act, in ways that support our best intentions.

Many of us experienced childhoods in which the words good and bad were used as weapons to control us - you were good if you did what you were told and bad if you didn’t. This kind of discipline undermines a person’s ability to find their own moral center and to trust and be guided by their own inner self. If you were raised this way, you may find yourself feeling shockwaves of badness when you do something you were taught was wrong, even if now you don’t agree that it’s bad. Conversely, you may feel good when you do what you learned was right. Notice how this puts you in something of a straitjacket. An important part of our spiritual unfolding requires that we grow beyond what we learned and take responsibility for our own liberation in our own terms.

You are a human being with every right to be here, learning and exploring. To label yourself good or bad is to think too small. What you are is a decision-maker and every moment provides you the opportunity to move in the direction of your higher self or in the direction of stagnation or degradation. In the end, only you know the difference. If you find yourself going into self-judgment, try to stop yourself as soon as you can and come back to center. Know that you are not good or bad, you are simply you.

4 comments:

Cate Subrosa said...

Oh Meli, this is so perfectly right. Peace-giving wisdom. Thank you.

Cary said...

I like this, though I can't say I agree 100%. I do think we overuse "good" and "bad" to describe people--it's lazy, simplistic categorizing for the sake of convenience. We avoid those words with my child. But I do believe that some people are just flat-out evil.

Melissa said...

True. There are the exceptions!

Paola said...

Thank you for this. I need to be more forgiving with myself. This is a good reminder of that.

xoxo