Saturday, July 14, 2012

Releasing Expecations

Our wish for you today is that you can release yourself from the massive expectations that you carry within you. So many of you hold yourselves to standards that are so high, they are nearly impossible to meet. In your society, so many of you strive to look like airbrushed models, behave like saints or stars, forgive as easily as Christ, and be all things to all people. Dear ones, we have only one expectation of each and every one of you, and it is very simple, that you are each doing the best you can do and being the best you can be in any given moment.

When you are not living up to your own expectations, ask yourself why on earth this would be a cause to criticize yourselves? What good will that do you? Would you criticize a child who did not live up to their goals, censuring them and telling them how worthless they must be, or would you point out all that they did already achieve? Dear ones, you must learn to be kind to yourselves. You must learn to love by starting with love and kindness for yourselves. You must question why you feel the need to beat yourself up at times, for we would argue that all self-criticisms are a learned behavior, certainly not natural to the soul. The soul doesn't say, "Look what I messed up! Look what I didn't achieve!" The soul says, "Wow, look what I learned! Look what I did accomplish!"

Can you take just one minute a day to acknowledge all that is good about yourself? This practice would change your life. It would help you realize you are an amazing soul. Perhaps you made a perfect omelet. Perhaps you smiled at the clerk in the store. Perhaps you hugged your child when you were in need of a hug yourself. Maybe you looked in the mirror and made peace with a wrinkle. Dear ones, any little victories of love are huge in the heavens. We celebrate each kind thought, word, or deed, no matter how small, for rather than what you achieve, how you look, or what you do, we focus on the love that you bring to each situation. Any loving kindness you give yourself, no matter how large or small, sends ripples out to the entire cosmos, asking the universe to give you an honest echo of that love.

Treat yourselves kindly. Release yourselves from your massive expectations. Enjoy and celebrate all the good that you are in this moment. To use, you are always and already perfect.

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