You are ugly.

You are worthless.

You don’t deserve to live.

Thoughts are powerful, especially when they pack an emotional punch (or perhaps a literal one). But they are still just thoughts, and a punch is just a punch. Of course it is painful to absorb a psychological or physical blow, even when self-inflicted. But pain is tolerable, so long as there is a deeper, unshakable Love beneath it. Self-destructive thoughts and impulses have substantial roots in our corporeal minds. Discovering our true essence as Presence is not the end of our violent and derogatory habits. Rather, it is the wellspring of strength and wisdom needed so that we may learn to experience pain without becoming engrossed or corrupted by it. If thoughts and fists throw punches, our Presence is the pillow that absorbs them.


(from the book Here at Home)