Living Beyond Superficialities by Peter Marinelli
Become aware of your conditioned responses that lead you to label people, places and circumstances as less than perfect. See the flawlessness behind the supposed defects. As I watched my children grow up, for instance, there were many times when their challenging behavior at a certain age was really a kind of brilliance. For example, I observed them refusing to eat certain foods, knowing that they needed to go through these phases in order to reach higher places. An adamant refusal to eat vegetables isn’t stupid or twisted thinking-it was perfect and necessary for them at the time. You can apply this same kind of patient stillness to your world. Inch by inch, we evolve as a people toward a fuller union with the Tao.
One of history’s great mystical thinkers, Meister Eckhart, poetically put it this way several centuries ago:
Every object, every creature, every man, woman and child has a soul and it is the destiny of all, to see as God sees, to know as God knows, to feel as God feels, to Be as God is.
Give yourself permission to be perfect, even with all of your seeming imperfections.
Recognize yourself first and foremost as a creation of God, which is your perfection.
Chop wood, carry water