When I stand beside people who are filled with the shame of not being enough, I offer the teachings of self-compassion.
MOTHER OF US ALL
“Mother-of-us-all prays to free us from our image of perfection to which so much suffering clings.
When in the shadowy mind
we imagine ourselves imperfectly, praying to be freed from gravity
by enlightenment, she refines our prayers.
Putting her arms around us
she bids us rest our head on her shoulder whispering,
Don’t you know
with all your fear and anger
all you are fit for is love.”
– Stephen Levine