Me and My Shadow

November 29th, 2012

While I was out walking the dogs the other day, I saw my shadow. This is not really new as it happens all the time here (there’s a lot of sunlight in Southern California), but what was funny was how harshly I judged my looks based on this shadow.

A shadow, I tell you. I decided I look ugly because my shadow looks funny.

Now, this may all sound obviously ridiculous to you, but I laughed out loud when I realized that I had been judging myself based on my shadow, my dark-side, a projection.

Well, now that I know what I’ve been doing, what do I do with this information? I’m still not sure, really. I have been getting messages like crazy about the wholeness of everything, about owning my shadow-self, about loving EVERYTHING … or NOTHING … I guess I get to pick (it all has something to do with neutrality). I’m still not sure exactly.

So that’s what I’m going to do. Well, that’s what I’m going to aim for. And, more importantly, I’m going to acknowledge and allow that I do not know. That I have no clue. That the only thing I can affect is all the stuff I keep making up in my head.

I am moved to share a quote from a recent Simpsons episode. Homer is sitting at the bar at Moe’s and he’s had a rough day. Looking quite sad, he says, “I’m in an abusive relationship with life. It keeps beating the hell out of me and I’m too cowardly to leave it.”

What does that have to do with seeing my shadow? Well, nothing really, I just think it’s funny.



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