"Meditation is the process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have, and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing, rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing.” ~Pema Chodron
Meditation is, among other things, a process of cultivating trust in ourselves, and of recognizing our inherent goodness. By cultivating awareness and wakefulness in our day-to-day living, we embrace our present circumstances, rather than striving for constant improvement, perfection or attempting to numb or escape from our current reality.
One of the greatest misconceptions, to me, about the spiritual path is the idea that I’m going to become this different and more amazing person. I’ll polish up all the rough edges and be all shiny and new. When in reality, what we’re actually doing, is learning to love who we are already. We’re not trying to become a better person that we can then decide is worth loving. I can assure you, you already are worth loving just as you are.