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A beautiful contribution thanks to Ben...
When you no longer put your energy into seeking approval, you can open your arms to criticism and see it as a gift, instead of as something to disapprove or defend against.
Being honest and vulnerable ends the illusion of being manipulated or discovered in any way. When your genuinely humble, there's no way that criticism can hurt you; it becomes obvious, through your own experience, that it can help you. This is how clarity takes on life as effective action, so that you are kind to others and kind to yourself.
Defense is the first act of war.
Was there ever a longing
Without its fulfillment?
Is the bee ever drawn
To a flower that has no nectar?
Then why bang my head on walls?
I have identified with the 'doer',
When all I am
Is a vessel waiting to be emptied.
I am so full of myself,
Pictures, expectations, even the longings-
What remains if I surrender it all?
True surrender is an act of grace.
In letting go I am already filled.
In giving up control
Every dream I have ever had
Finds its home.
So hard yet so easy,
It takes a million years to realize
That it only takes an instant.
I've hit bottom in the bottomless pit of desire.
I am ready for you now, Beloved Friend!
"If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth."