Sunday, November 07, 2010


Probably the most heartbreaking challenge I have as a meditation teacher is that of needing to reassure people that it's okay not to be perfect. I say "heartbreaking" because of the number of people who have been conditioned to believe that they must scold themselves, punish themselves, if they ever make a mistake. It's a belief that gives rise to great unhappiness and suffering. Truly.

So here's a statement worth thinking about and remembering:

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

-- Mohandas Gandhi


  1. Mistakes are painful enough on their own without putting yourself through the added suffering of a self-scolding :-)

  2. Elizabeth T6:50 AM

    could I be the devil's advocate here and say that if you're surrounded by people who are conscientious and earnest and ambitious this observation makes sense to me. But it seems to me lots and lots of people make mistakes, big ones, and care not a whit about them. So maybe could I with all due respect suggest an addendum like mistake + awareness = insight?

  3. You make a very good point here, Elizabeth. I like your addendum very much. Seems to me I can plan a class out of this!



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