"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
It's easy to feel a victim to experiences and people. Part of the vernacular in our culture is that feelings can be hurt. In other words, you say something to me and it has the power to hurt me. Just like that my power is taken away and you control how I feel.
But Life and Nature haven't actually been so unkind as to leave us vulnerable in this way. When we are called "Ugly", "Stupid", "Fat" or any other, the words represent ideas that are only thoughts. And we're constructed so that no one gets to think for us.
Let's teach each other how to be unafraid, how to see these thoughts as swords not stabbed into us by anyone or any experience, but laid before us. The damage they do is left to our own hands.
We can know and value the truth of who we are enough to handle the swords wisely, enough to let them be. And from this place of authenticity, affective action can be taken - action in service to a greater good. No point in learning how to bully the bully, how to war against war, striving to win by having another lose, after all - not if we're looking for true change.
Lots of love,
From the Inside