March 19 – Weakness – Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

“Our strength will continue if we allow ourselves the courage to feel scared, weak and vulnerable.” Melody Beattie

This is a prayer for the ages. In fact, it helps to define weakness, in spiritual terms, as any habit of ind or heart that prevents us from seeing things exactly as they are or in their entirety, or with our entire capacity to feel. These are blindnesses that continually keep us from Truth, Oneness and Compassion.

We are all frail. We all make mistakes. We all fall prey to a thousand emotions and exaggerations. But these things make us rich, not weak – if we are willing to face them squarely. In truth, it is not the tissue of our humanity that defeats us, but rather our refusal to accept who we are and to live accordingly, limitations included.

Underneath it all, this blindness, in its many recurring forms, is the cause of most cruelty. For it is during those moments when we think we see so clearly that we break things that are irreplaceable, not even realizing they were precious.

After breaking many things in my life – hearts, heirlooms, robins’ eggs – I am humbled to admit that the only difference I see on Earth between the strong or weak is the honesty with which we face ourselves, accept ourselves, and share ourselves, blemishes and all.

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