“Be Yourself” (Robert Brezny)

One of the greatest gifts of recovery has been getting to know myself — my wants, likes, pains, dislikes, hobbies, joys, etc.  In truth, I remind the people around me who helped me get clean and sober that their great gift to me was they gave me back to myself, so I, in turn, could give myself to others.  So, I say find yourself in recovery so you can give yourself away; find yourself so you can be yourself.

So, with that, I give to you some practical mystical words from Rob Brezny on being yourself.

Be Yourself

You came into this world as a radiant bundle of exuberant riddles. You slipped into this dimension as a shimmering burst of spiral hallelujahs.  You blasted into this realm as a lush explosion of ecstatic gratitude. And it is your birthright to fulfill those promises.

I’m not pandering to your egotism by telling you these things. When I say, “Be yourself,” I don’t mean you should be the self that wants to win every game and use up every resource and stand alone at the end of time on top of a Mount Everest-sized pile of pretty garbage.

When I say, “Be yourself,” I mean the self that says “Thank you!” to the wild irises and the windy rain and the people who grow your food.

When I say, “Be yourself,” I mean the rebel creator who’s longing to make the whole universe your home and sanctuary.

When I say, “Be yourself,” I mean the dissident bodhisattva who’s joyfully struggling to germinate the seeds of divine love that are packed inside every moment.

When I say, “Be yourself,” I mean the spiritual freedom fighter who’s scrambling and finagling and conspiring to relieve your fellow messiahs from their suffering and shower them with rowdy blessings.

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