Love touches the places in your heart that feel wounded. Love touches places in your past that feel painful. Love touches the places in you that feel helpless. Love touches your discouragement. Love touches grief. Love touches your fears. Love touches your buried hopes, and brings them to life again. Love's touch is tender, forgiving, powerful, kind, and transformative. There is nothing hidden from Love's permeating and healing presence--in your life and the life of others.
Your purpose is created and maintained by Love. Your purpose is your very substance, the molecules of your spiritual body. Because your purpose is your spiritual substance and identity, maintained by Love itself:
Your purpose cannot be interrupted.
Your purpose cannot be hidden.
Your purpose cannot be abused out of you.
Your purpose cannot be self-doubted out of you.
Your purpose cannot be constrained or limited by time, money, place, or other beliefs about you.
You are Love living it's purpose, unopposed.
Sarah Avant Stover in The Book of She quotes Ken Wilber's definition of Divine Pride which he describes as "a simple recognition of our holy heritage, and an acknowledgment of the tremendous responsibility that comes along with this recognition. This is not the braggadocio of a new age narcissist - it is pride stripped of all arrogance, tempered by humility, and held with unwavering devotion to an intelligence infinitely greater than our own."
From Workaholic Anonymous Tools of Recovery:
We accept the outcome of our endeavors, whatever the results, whatever the timing. We know that impatience, rushing and insisting on perfect results only slow down our recovery. We are gentle with our efforts, knowing that our new way of living requires much practice.
From Workaholics Anonymous Characteristics of a Workaholic.
"8. We often betray ourselves by giving into the demands of people whom we perceive as being in "authority."
9. We operate out of the mini-crisis mode, using this as an escape from our true emotions.
11. We have an obsessive desire to understand everything in our lives, including our every emotion. We cannot allow ourselves to experience emotions we do not understand, fearing our loss of control.
12. We have an underlying fear that if we give up control and allow our emotions to surface, we will become raving lunatics for the rest of our lives.
13. We judge ourselves by our accomplishments and hence have the illusion that we must always be in the process of accomplishing something worthwhile in order to feel good about ourselves.
14. We cannot sit down and just be."
Today, let go of your desire to understand your every emotion. Let your emotions "be" and treat them with compassion. Today, notice your tendency to judge yourself by your accomplishments. To the best of your ability, just tenderly love and accept yourself for who you are right now.
From Workaholics Anonymous Tools of Recovery:
We do not yield to pressure from others or attempt to pressure others. We remain alert to the people and situations that trigger a feeling of pressure in us. We become aware of our own actions, words, bodily sensations and feelings that tell us we are responding with pressure. When we feel energy building up, we stop; we reconnect with our Higher Power and others around us.
From Workaholics Anonymous Tools and Principles:
We nurture our bodies with healthy eating, exercise, and rest. We nurture our minds by looking for positive aspects in every encounter. We nurture our spirits by surrounding ourselves with beauty, harmony, and tranquility. We recognize that we are neither what we do nor what we feel. We foster our sense of self-worth and self-respect.
Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm and numerous essays. You may read more of her work at tarnwilson.com.