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Gillian Florence

Poem related to perfectionism

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This morning I took an online yoga class through Yoga International and the teacher read a beautiful poem that relates to the topic of perfectionism (which came up in yesterday's Q&A call). I wanted to share it with you all here:

Awakening Now

The moment your eyes are open, seize the day.
Would you hold back when the Beloved beckons?
Would you deliver your litany of sins like a child’s collection of sea shells, prized and labeled?
“No, I can’t step across the threshold,” you say, eyes downcast.
“I’m not worthy, I’m afraid, and my motives aren’t pure.
I’m not perfect, and surely I haven’t practised nearly enough.
My meditation isn’t deep, and my prayers are sometimes insincere.
I still chew my fingernails, and the refrigerator isn’t clean.”
Do you value your reasons for staying small more than the light shining through the open door?
Forgive yourself.
Now is the only time you have to be whole.
Now is the sole moment that exists to live in the light of your true Self.
Perfection is not a prerequisite for anything but pain.
Please, oh please, don’t continue to believe in your disbelief.
This is the day of your awakening.

by Danna Faulds

https://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/words-of-wonder/awakening-now/

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