Friday, January 22, 2010

Love of fate and radiant imperfection

Just back after a screening of the movie "Babies." I'm reviewing it for World Pulse, I'll post a link when it's up. But as you can see from this trailer, they're perfect. We're along for the ride as they explore their world, growing into it. Even when they're pulling the cat's tail or boxing the goat in the ear, they're perfectly innocent, learning reactions and the way the world works.

But the world is imperfect, and watching the unique worlds the kids are born into made me think of what I read recently in Whole Life Times. In "How the Light Gets In," Michael Ortiz Hill writes about compassion and healing from addiction.

"Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." (Leonard Cohen)

"How do we accept our radiant imperfection?" Hill asks. "How does humiliation transform into humble acceptance and tenderness for ourselves?

"Latin offers the phrase amor fati, 'love of fate,' ... what has been chosen for you. These parents, siblings, ancestors. This body and gender. The delights and terrors of your childhood and the hard-wiring of your character.

"What awakens love of your fate and sustained self-compassion? A spontaneous song of gratitude comes from recognizing that waking or sleeping, we forever bask in gift. ... This simple thank you makes it possible to love your fate and provides the most reliable source of self-compassion. Gratitude allows you to love the gamut of yourself , without judgment, unfettered."
 ~Michael Ortiz Hill (Whole Life Times)

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