We all have a mature, spiritual identity that cannot be damaged by other people, our history, the workings of our brain or body, our culture. Today, dwell in that true self.
Recognize and accept, without resistance, fear, or guilt, all the gifts being given to you today.
Today, be impeccably honest with yourself, both about all your strengths (which are much greater and more glorious than you are willing to admit) and the areas in which you need to mature (which you often attempt to cover or hide from yourself and others). Be humble and brave as you lay bare your truest self to yourself.
Spirit is more powerful than the habits or assumptions of our brains. Spirit can break us out of our limited, ignorant, or destructive ways of thinking, reveal new possibilities and points of view, and let us see ourselves in a fresher, more spiritual way.
Henri Nouwen writes, "The effect of God's spirit is deeper than our thoughts and emotions." Today, recognize that our thoughts and feelings--which are often cluttered, distracted, and ignorant--are not accurate tools for assessing our spiritual journey or success. Trust the powerful movement of Spirit, working at levels deeper than ordinary perception can evaluate.
Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm and numerous essays. You may read more of her work at tarnwilson.com.