Today we would ask that you drop a different kind of grievance.
Previously, we asked you to drop a grievance that you held against another person. Today, we ask you to drop a grievance about yourself.
Most of you walk around weighted down by continual thoughts of self-attack. “I am not good enough.” “I do not do enough.” “I weigh too much.” “I’m not a good parent.” “I’m a failure.” “I’m not living up to my potential.” “I don’t know what I’m doing.” “I don’t make enough money.” And so on.
Today, we would ask you to select one such thought. Some self-attacking thought that echoes in the back of your mind.
As you hold this thought in your consciousness, imagine what it looks like. See it as a shape, a color, a texture. Maybe it moves around, or wriggles. Maybe it is sticky, or heavy. However it looks to you. Whatever appears.
Now: imagine you are standing at the edge of a cliff, overlooking the sea. Water washes against the rocks below. The scene is very peaceful.
Cast your self-hating thought over the cliff. Let it drop into the ocean, and be washed away. It is gone.
Notice how you feel. These thoughts of self-attack are such burdens. They bite and sting, and do no good. Drop them. Let them go.