I love to read, and there's something about summer that gives me permission to sit back and read fiction instead of solely non-fiction. Reading for pleasure feels to me like taking a vacation. I just finished "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett, an epic novel set in the Middle Ages when the great cathedrals of Europe were being built. And, even in this book, I observe myself coming from the perspective of personal growth. Power used constructively and destructively is a challenge for all of us as humans. In Pillars, I saw many who chose violence as a way to assert power, and it had an impact on me. I really understood at a deeper level that when we are aggressive (violent) in our actions or words, we are really coming from a place of weakness.
I have compassion for myself and others when any form of aggression or manipulation shows up. I am human. I love and forgive myself. I make a new choice from the place of in-the-body knowing that I am safe, all is well, and I deeply and profoundly accept myself. From this place, I forgive and accept you.
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