“Real freedom is freedom from the opinion of others. Above all, freedom from your own opinions about yourself.” ~ Brennan Manning
I had never written a book before. So, every day when I wrote Finding Spiritual Whitespace, the critical voice in me would say, “Who do you think you are? You think someone wants to read this? Don’t waste your time.”
Maybe you hear similar voices about your own art or about spending time or attention on something you enjoy — a seed that’s planted in you?
You keep checking the soil of your heart, doubting it, thinking it fell there by accident. But it’s still lying quiet there, waiting for you to breathe and water it with your care and your hands.
Many times, feelings of guilt weigh us down the minute we begin to feel inspired.
You Are Worth It
It’s like an automatic response when I want to share something free from my heart — or when I feel drawn to do something I feel I’d enjoy.
I begin to guilty for not doing something earlier — for something I did, didn’t do, or did wrong.
I beat myself up.
I replay my mistakes.
I waste enormous amounts of energy re-enacting how I could have done it differently.
I feel bad. I feel that I am bad.
We are afraid to fully lean into that feeling of rest. And joy. Or peace.
We might not think we deserve rest or special attention. We might not think we’ve earned it. We may be afraid to give time and attention to nurture our passion.
Are we really worth it? we ask silently.
… (to be continued)
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