When you know what you are, not only do you accept what you’ve acquired, you can also use it. A good gardener can see weeds and smile, because he knows how to make compost out of them. When you find you can use everything that’s been thrown on top of you, you no longer hold anything against your parents, your upbringing, or society. Instead, you can have acceptance. Acceptance saves your energy. You become grateful for your life, because you can make compost out of the things you used to be stuck under.
–from Child of Existence, Child of Society by Jon Schreiber
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A few years ago, I was working at a community college in the financial aid department. I called my job “the dream killer.” I had to meet with students who were struggling both academically and financially, look them in the eye, and tell them they were not going to get financial aid, to pay their tuition or to cover the costs of living while in school. These students had one thing in common—they needed help, real help.
Everyday was full of stress. Many of the students had come into the academic system not knowing how to fill out papers correctly, not knowing the questions to ask, or not knowing that meeting deadlines was crucial to their success. Without the things I had learned by studying Breema, the constant tension would have left me constantly short-tempered and frustrated. Continue reading “Real Help Comes From Being Present by Luna Lacey”