. . . when you look in the mirror? I see my best friend. Are you your own best friend? Or do you need someone else to validate you? It took me a long time to realize I didn’t need another person to make me whole. I am whole. You are whole. As One, We are whole. We are Holy One.
Each of us has two. The I, and the me. The I is our True Self, while the me is our ego self. I am that I am.
In his wonderful book, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle explains that for his first 30 years he lived in a state of suicidal depression. He woke up one night in deep despair thinking, “I cannot live with myself any longer.” He goes on to say,
This was the thought that kept repeating itself in my mind. Then suddenly I became aware of what a peculiar thought it was. “Am I one or two? If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me: the ‘I’ and the ‘self’ that ‘I’ cannot live with.” Maybe, I thought only one of them is real.
Learning to live outside of the ego is hard. It has a good side, it keeps us from running into traffic, for example. But mostly it’s that part of us that wants more stuff; feels we aren’t enough unless we can keep up with our neighbors; loves to hate those who are not like us. It’s the part of us that becomes angry, is unforgiving, becomes sick or depressed.
When we come from the “I” we are happy, compassionate, empathetic, loving, forgiving. We believe in joy, peace, grace. We love life, and all that is in it. And, I’m not talking about just everyday living, but also life everlasting. Join with me in celebrating our “I.”
Life is good, when it isn’t, your “self” is in the way.
Recipe for the day.
I had a couple of bananas and apples that needed to be used, and found this recipe for Caramel Apple Banana bread. Use a metal loaf pan and it should be at least a 9″ x 5″. I used a smaller glass pan only to have it overflow. I thank my lucky stars I had the forethought to put a sheet pan under it. Also make the caramel sauce first so it is ready. This is oh so very good.