Sunday, February 17, 2013

:: Mastery of Love ::

“If we can see ourselves the way we are, that is the first step toward self-acceptance - toward stopping the self-rejection. 

Everyone has a price, and Life respects that price. But that price is not measured in dollars or in gold; it is measured in self-love. How much you love yourself - that is your price - and Life respects the price. When you love yourself, your price is very high, which means your tolerance for self-abuse is very low. It's very low because you respect yourself. You like yourself the way you are, and this makes your price higher. If you don't like things about yourself, the price is a little lower.

Sometimes the self-judgment is so strong that people need to be numb just to be with themselves. If you don't like a person, you can walk away from that person. If you don't like a group of people, you can walk away from those people. But if you don't like yourself, it doesn't matter where you go, you are right there. To avoid being with yourself, you need to take something to numb you, to take your mind away from yourself. Perhaps some alcohol is going to help. Perhaps some drugs will help. Perhaps eating – just eat, eat, eat. The self-abuse can get much worse. There are people who really feel self-hatred. They are self destructive, killing themselves little by little, because they don't have the courage to kill themselves fast.” 

[The Mastery of Love, by Don Miguel Ruiz]

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