What a liberation to realize that the ‘voice in my head’ is not who I am. ‘Who am I, then?’ The one who sees that. Eckhart Tolle
Meditation: When I work with clients in therapy, I support them in seeing themselves with new eyes. Often they have first been overwhelmed with and then become identified with the many voices and stressors around and within them. For them coming to therapy means slowing down. It means breathing deeply and taking time to sort through the voices, memories and stressors. As clients learn to see themselves with new eyes and look compassionately at themselves, they often have liberating experiences. In Christian terms we could say: “I see myself with God’s eyes”. Liberation means differentiating myself from my problems. I am coming to know that I am more than my issues. Liberation can mean for example seeing the clear difference between the judgement “I AM my addiction” versus the description “I HAVE a behavior” that locks me into an addicted cycle. Liberation means to see that I can have a renewed relationship with myself, and that I am more than the sum of my problems.
Prayer: Jesus, you have a way to be with us that is non-judgmental. You describe things instead of condemn things. You say: “This is what you have done. Go forth and sin no more (John 8:11)”. You separate us from those inner and outer voices that judge and condemn us. You set us free. We are more than our grades. We are more than our mistakes. We are more than the sum of our failures. We are Your beloved. You always have hope for us, as you believe in our ability to grow, to learn and to change. And we are grateful. Amen
For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 1. John 3:20