In Search of the Missing Piece
So many of us feel we are broken, not enough just as we are. The truth is we are all spiritually whole, perfect and complete. As Kris Carr wrote, “You are not broken. Your soul doesn’t need to be fixed, nipped, tucked, or squished. There is nothing wrong with you.”
The irony is that if we think we are broken we can make it come true. We can create a life that is sad and uncomfortable. But it needn’t be like that. Once we realize that we are complete as we are, we can cease looking for a relationship, a job, a home, a car or anything else we might have wished to make our life complete. No one and no thing can make our life authentic. Authenticity comes from within not from external stimulants of any kind even if they look or feel great. Raymond Charles Barker wrote, “Your most priceless possession is your mind, and what you are doing with it in this moment is significant, not what you did with it yesterday or a number of years ago.” How we think and what we believe determines what life shows us.
Lama Surya Das was once asked what he had learned from practicing Buddhism for twenty years. His response was, “I’m not what I think I am.” As Surya Das says it when we get identified with who we think we are it limits how we can be, determines how we live and conditions how we react. We must let go of ideas that portray us as lacking, hurting or lost. Then we can begin to see ourselves as we truly are. Our society teaches the myth of perfection. So, when we are less than perfect we feel like a failure but perfection isn’t the goal, being fully human is. As Rabbi Harold Kushner writes, “Our goal is not to go all year without losing a game. Our goal is to win more than we lose, and if we can do that consistently enough, then when the end comes, we will have won it all.”
Posted on July 24, 2013, in Inspirational and tagged authentic, authenticity, beliefs, believe, lack, Lama Surya Das, perfection, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Raymond Charles Barker, thoughts, wholeness. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.