Parker Palmer is a writer, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. He is the author of Let Your Life Speak. The above excerpt is from his article, Down is the Way to Well Being.
SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: What does 'true self' mean to you? Can you share an experience of a time you felt the presence of your 'friend'? What helps you come down from altitude and connect with your 'friend'?
what I want is the very things that cause my depression...paradox...
Amazing one, also we can come to our true self if we listen our intuition the more we are connected with it the sooner you´ll encounter with your true self again... :D
I studied in a Gandhian School listening to and reading Gandhi's words-"Be true to yourself." As a child I kept on wondering what does this mean? What can I do to be true? And now in the evening of my life, I am getting a glimpse of it. I understand that When I allow my True self to speak and give space for reflection on what is being said, and then try to live that wisdom, I am 'being true to myself''.
I am still on the way to finding out more.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful write up.
Perfect timing! Just had an experience this weekend, my first sweat lodge. In that moment of entire darkness, in a supportive circle enveloped by steam we both listened to each other, called out our own prayers, intentions and hopes as well as our needs. It was extremely powerful. Depression has been my "friend" for the last several months. After 7 rounds of sweats in 2 days, I feel released, renewed and reawakened to all the universe has in store for me on this path. I was blocking myself. I feel more opened again. Grateful. It was intense to sit in darkness and allow everything to wash over and to pour forth (literally and figuratively) Hugs from my heart to yours! Kristin
True self is authentic me, is my truth, my foundation. True self is my friend, though I don't always treat my true self like a friend and sometimes ignore or reject my true self. Sometimes my true self scares me because I think if I accept and identify with my true self I won't fit in, I'll be rejected or worse. When I feel the presence of my true self, my friend, and listen to the perspective and truth of my true self, and express my true self, I am true to my true self, I feel good about doing that, and more often than not find that my true self is valued by others. Such experiences help me have the courage to connect with my true self more often.