Listen Christian - we are broken and messed up just like every one else.
Forgiven and loved - yes. Perfect - no!
Our tenedency to want to appear perfect and hide our brokeness inhibits our spiritual growth and fosters addiction..
A practice to help break our perfectionism and lack of empathy is to think from time to time that we are just like everyone else.*
- When you are stuck in traffic, note that you are frustrated, just like everyone else.
- When you have to wait in line, you are feeling impatient, just like everyone else.
- When you walk by someone who appears to be mentally ill on the street, you are mentally ill to a certain degree, just like the person you just walked by.
- You are forgiven and loved, just like everyone else.
Practice based on an interview with Pema Chodron - See https://youtu.be/QM1FJb3yqUM