Many years ago, I read a moving article by a hospice caregiver who had accompanied thousands of people during their final weeks. One phrase, in particular, has stayed with me. After countless hours listening to the thoughts of the dying, the caregiver summed up their greatest regret with these words: I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself.

I started asking myself questions like these: What does it mean to live true to yourself? Do you feel that your life is aligned with what matters to your heart? Are you living true to yourself —…

The medicine for our hurting world is love, and our loving becomes deeply healing when we see and reflect back the innate goodness of other beings. Jesuit priest and psychotherapist Anthony de Mello taught that the finest act of love you can offer is an act of seeing: “When you serve people, you help, support, comfort, alleviate pain. When you see people in their inner beauty and goodness, you transform and create.”

The Power to Transform

Being a mirror of goodness can help someone undo a lifetime of self-aversion or alienation. It can call forth their natural intelligence, creativity, courage and love. It can…

Tara Brach, Ph.D

Tara Brach is an internationally renowned meditation teacher & author of 3 books: Radical Acceptance, True Refuge, and Radical Compassion.

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