Today, respond to the demands of Love. Pay attention to that which has depth, beauty, artistry, meaning. Support connectness and belonging. Attend to the pains of our hearts (and others) with gentleness, authenticity, and care. Let Love support your priorities and create a life of substance. This requires some effort and attention so that we are not distracted from our true work by the constant bombardment of lesser demands from emails, long to do lists, and other people's opinions of what we should be doing.
Today, practice releasing guilt. Who would you be if you didn't feel guilty? Feel the lightness, freedom, joy. Let go of the fear that without guilt, you will be hurt others. Know that feeling guilty for having joy when others do not, does not improve their lives or make you more virtuous.
From Tara Brach's book True Refuge:
"What stories of wrongdoing have you been telling yourself? - stories of letting others down, of performing poorly at work, of not meeting your standards as a parent, partner, friend, human being. If something arises, simply acknowledge it and offer it forgiveness. You might gently place your hand on your heart and whisper 'forgiven, forgiven' or 'it's okay.'. . . [Offer] yourself a prayer or a blessing, a wish for your own peace of heart and mind."
Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm and numerous essays. You may read more of her work at tarnwilson.com.