Can I Love This Too?

The Dalai Lama says that when we make a mistake, we need to ask, “Can I love this too?” Can I love all of me, even the peevish parts? Even the insecure bits, the anxious bits? Because I can love my niece even when she sticks her hand in my cup of coffee and gets mad and hollers at me for it. It’s easy. I don’t expect her to be perfect. Can I extend that understanding to myself? Can I love my anxiety too? My depression too? My desire to seem like I have my shit together even when I’m freaking out? Can I love all of me?

an excerpt from Stubborn Grace: Faith, Mental Illness, and Demanding a Blessing

About the Author

Kate Landis

Rev. Kate Landis currently serves as chaplain at Swedish Hospital in Edmonds, Washington. She has previously served as minister at Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church, as a youth advisor, and GA chaplain. She won the Skinner Sermon Award, presented annually to the preacher of the sermon best...

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