I once heard a story about how Michelangelo supposedly used to walk through the streets of Florence carrying a slab of uncut marble on his back, saying, ‘There is an angel inside here screaming to get out.’ This masterful artist didn’t just see a big piece of uncut stone. Rather, he saw the statue he would create as already hidden inside the marble, and his job was to chisel away all the excess so it could be revealed. It’s the same for us human beings. We’re already whole, complete, and lacking nothing; the problem is that, for the most part, we don’t believe this about ourselves. Since we were very young, many of us have adopted the belief that being ourselves is not enough, and from there we added on all the fix-its in an attempt to navigate a world where we are not enough, we want to please others and we receive the admiration and acknowledgement that we’re craving. We’ve obscured our true selves and thus lost our power. Our work here in this practice is to break off the excess marble that keeps our authentic, whole selves encumbered. Our higher self is not something we have to go out and seek. To be about what you really want in life, in your heart of hearts, you only need to give up whatever is standing in your way…….Baron Baptiste
only an undeniable innocence seduces our will into noble ease…..hammering resistance ceases all inner reality…….can we fold in long enough to outsmart those surface voices of haste?……may we honor our vulnerable, open, and cloudy skies…..
‘Don’t be fooled by me
Don’t be fooled by the face I wear
For I wear a mask, a thousand masks,
Masks that I’m afraid to take off,
And none of them is me.
Pretending is an art that’s second nature with me,
But don’t be fooled,
For God’s sake don’t be fooled.
I give you the impression that I’m secure,
That all is sunny and unruffled with me, within as well
That confidence is my name and coolness my game,
That the water’s calm and I’m in command
And that I need no one,
But don’t believe me…’
For 5 min, write a description of yourself. Stop. Cross that one out. Set the timer for 3 more min and describe yourself again without using anything from the first description. Stop. Cross that one out. Set the timer for 3 more min and describe yourself again without using anything form the first 2 descriptions. Now you’re finally getting to the you beneath all that other stuff. In this last description, you might find the real you, the one beneath all those titles and awards and achievements. Getting to that might help you set different, more real goals…..Patti Digh