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Spiritual Friday: Truth: Finding Beauty Within Yourself

I've been beginning each Spiritual Friday reading with beautiful words to remind patients that they are so much more than they believe themselves to be. So much of our work is the uncovering of old beliefs, old pain, and old stories. The uncovering reveals a "Light" that oftentimes we never even knew we carried within ourselves. Who could feel or see or be that Light when it is so deeply buried under the shame, guilt, grief, loneliness and fear we have in our addictions?

I often read this quote to the patients:

"The goal of spiritual practice (spiritual awakening) is full recovery, and the only thing you need to "recover" from is a fractured sense of self." ~Marianne Williamson"

We feel so broken when we finally surrender and end up in the hands of those who can help us heal. And although we feel this way, this beautiful quote reminds us that there is a place of beauty within us – a place of "Light" that cannot be diminished, damaged, or lost, just temporarily covered. What we ‘do’ is not who we are. French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience."

I pray you feel blessed and remember who you really are.

The Truth About You

“Dear G-d, help me recognize the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is." ~ Anonymous

"Fearful minds have taught you that the truth about yourself is so horrid that you couldn't handle what you'd find if you dared to look. Yet, in reality, your truth is so magnificent that if you did look upon it, you'd find validation and inspiration to be all that you have the potential to be.

Most of what you think about yourself is learned from outside opinions. You've adopted dark self-images that have been projected onto you by others who don't know or love themselves. You began to believe that you were deficient to the point that whenever attention was drawn to your inner self, you cringed in fear of being exposed. But the best thing that could ever happen to your true self would be to expose it for it's sparkling and wonderful in every way. It's really who G-d created you to be.

If you fear looking at your true self, you'll find many ways to distract yourself from it. Busyness, drama and addictions are ways of avoiding facing yourself.

To find the peace you seek, stop running and just be. Get to know who you really are. Then you'll recognize yourself through the eyes of love, and everything will be different."

~ Alan Cohen

Today’s prayer:

Dear G-d, sometimes believing that I am worthy of your love is difficult for me. I look at my reflection in the mirror, and I see someone who is not quite enough. But then in the quiet moments, when I ask why it is that I am the way I am, I hear your voice gently saying,

"Because you are precious in my eyes,

and honored and I love you." Isaiah 43:4

And when I look in the mirror again, I see a new person, someone who is enough. You created me, and how can I ever doubt Your work, not only in my physical body but in every aspect of my life?

G-d, let me be more understanding of myself. Let me see myself as you see me.

Open my eyes so that I can see the beauty that not only surrounds me, but also shines in my face for others to see.

Open my mind to the potential for spiritual understanding that You have placed in me.

Open my heart to Your love, Your peace, Your compassion, so that I may be an expression of You in all that I do.

Dear G-d, let me see what You see in me, and give me the courage to be who I am: Your beloved child!

Thank you G-d. Amen.

"Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself." ~ anonymous