“I think that part of it is observing oneself more impersonally. I often use this image…That when you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You appreciate it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.”
Some of us didn’t get enough of one thing or another, and others of us got too much. We are the way we are due to causes and conditions that were beyond our control. A tree has no control over where it is planted. Have compassion for the fact that your soil was crappy, or for how an older tree blocked your sunlight, or for the fact that some guy that came and carved his initials in your bark.
When you look at yourself, can you appreciate and allow what you see? Or are you too busy holding onto your unworthiness?