No matter what the challenge (whether it seems internal or external, personal or institutional), the solution begins in the same place: begin by claiming that you are Love's beloved and do your humble best to accept it. Feel it. This is your most important job - the foundation on which wise thought and action will build.
Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm and numerous essays. You may read more of her work at tarnwilson.com.