What if every single time we are triggered, and every mistake we make is an invitation for self-compassion; an invitation to be merciful with ourselves?
What if the very presence of reactivity—either inside of us, or coming at us—can be a dharma bell for self-compassion?
I made a few mistakes in the last week; moments when I failed to be true. There was that moment when I side-stepped my own integrity and colluded with another’s drama. There were moments when I raised my voice in frustration. There was that moment I consciously indulged a perspective of fault and blame. There was that moment when I allowed words unlike love to move out of my mouth and into the ears around me.
It’s amazing how the deepest teachings of integrity and kindness come from the very moments when we fail to embody integrity and kindness.
What else could better reveal to us the consequences of our forgetting?
If we can take those teachings in, and truly allow them to penetrate our hearts, honing our living intention to be truer and be kinder, and if we can then use the pain of our mistake to inspire acknowledgment, apology, and self-forgiveness…
Then even our painful mistakes and failures can only serve our truer living of love.