Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself” by Anneli Rufus .
Today I pray, “Dear God, I prefer to focus on self-love, rather than to be anti-self-hate. Much in the same way Gandhi preferred to focus on peace rather than anti-violence. Yet what of self-hate may we ascertain in a heartfelt journey to find the deepest self-love?”
Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to reveal this passage:
“Knowing what we now know about the human brain and how it grows, that we entered this world not hating ourselves, thirsty to learn, we must believe this: Learning how to hate ourselves was merely one of the countless
things we could have learned. In those same hours we have devoted to self-loathing, we could have learned how to play the flute or repair clocks instead. The same brainpower we poured into self-cutting, say, or anorexia, could have been spent attending sailing school or inventing fluorescent toothpaste. But it was not. Of all the potential lessons in the world, self-loathing was just one. It was by random, tragic, potentially fatal accident that we found ourselves enrolled in Self-Loathing 101. In it, we learned: Have fear. Lose heart.”
Clarity of heart beckons the soul to attend to it. The heart invites energy of bliss and passion. The heart heals wounds long open and satisfies the deepest unanswered inquiries. Listen to the heart. Love yourself, all ways. Take one step forward in self-love. And then another. And another. And another. And soon, we shall all move forward together in a unity of love. Amen.