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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Love who you are

Recently, Lila and I have been watching CSI on DVD. So I've had that song stuck in my head: "Who are you? Who, who, who, who?" It's disturbing.

Step One is the continuing process of knowing who we are.

And Step Two is loving what we find.

Many teachers have pointed out that the well-known injunction of Christ to "love your neighbor as yourself" presumes love of self. But it ain't that easy.

This question of "who we are" isn't always what we think it is. It isn't "what we do" or "who we know," for example, let alone "where we live" or "what we own."

In Zen they ask the question, "What was the shape of your original face before you were born?"

That you.

And then, to love it? More hard work.

No one said that being happy would be easy. (Some have even said just the opposite.)

But get to know you, no matter how hard. Then get to love you, no matter how harder.

You'll be happier.

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