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Just Being Who You Are

Dr. Laurie asks, "How are you cultivating your being?"

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Just being who you arenot justifying or apologizing.It sounds so easyit's a life worknot to get caught inproducingperformingprovingkeeping accounts of indebtednesswaiting for gratitude, rewardambitionmanipulationstaggering self pitybut cultivating the habit of being.The Habit of Being – Letters of Flannery O'Connor ed. and introduced by Sally Fitzgerald, Farrar Straus Giroux, 1979.Indeed, it is a life's work to cultivate that "habit of being."  Can you imagine just being who you are?

Very few of us can.  But this season as we hurtle towards the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, and a new year around the globe, it seems important to affirm that our lives have meaning and worth just because we are -- not because of what we can do.  We are the gift, we bear the light.

This time of year can invite reflection, gratitude, and remembering.  No matter how difficult or complicated our health, our work, our lives have become, there is a pause where we stop, and look around.  There are blessings even in the pain.  Our struggles are not the whole story.

Can you create a space in your heart, in your home, in your busy life where you can meditate on this truth, let it soak in and speak to you in your most weary, driven place?

This time of year can invite reflection, gratitude, and remembering.  No matter how difficult or complicated our health, our work, our lives have become, there is a pause where we stop, and look around.  There are blessings even in the pain.  Our struggles are not the whole story.

Where do you find the light?

Where is your heart touched and moved?

Who do you want to thank and bless this season?

How are you cultivating your being?

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