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Identities


They dressed and acted like Americans, shopping and eating at places like Wal-Mart and Pizza Hut.

-- FBI Director Robert Mueller, speaking of the Sep. 11 terrorists

My Identities:

Human
Male
35
Queer
Citizen of the United States of America
Green
Analytical
Corporate Tax Attorney
Single
Orphan
Intelligent
Romantic
Introvert
Buddhist
HIV-
Long-Distance Runner
Asthmatic
Manic-Depressive
Philosopher
Neo-Pagan
Artist
Polymath
Meditative
Empathic
Sensitive
Self-willed

But, perhaps every label we apply to ourselves is the beginning of repression. Perhaps we use some of these labels to suppress those desires we are most afraid of in ourselves.

For a true spiritual transformation to flourish, we must see beyond the tendency to mental self-flagellation. Spirituality based on self-hatred can never sustain itself. Generosity coming from self-hatred becomes martyrdom. Morality born of self-hatred becomes rigid repression. Love for others without the foundation of love for ourselves becomes a loss of boundaries, codependency, and a painful and fruitless search for intimacy. But when we contact, through meditation, our true nature, we can allow others to also find theirs.

-- Sharon Salzberg


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