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Let Your Guard Down

As Marianne Williamson says in A Return to Love: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

With today’s exercise, we explore the guards that have been preventing us from achieving our greatest potential. Though the barriers we've created may be preventing us from getting hurt, they're likely also limiting our ability to truly thrive.

Start with this guided meditation and free writing activity. Note: You'll need a pen and paper ready during the meditation.