As improvising musicians many of us know what it feels like to be in the flow while playing. There is a sense that everything we are playing is perfect, that it is flowing forth as it was meant to be. I always wondered if the reason so many Jazz musicians throughout history turned to drugs was in an effort to feel the sense of flow and grace in their lives that they felt while playing.

Experiencing my life, work, and music, as grace has been my life’s mission, and the path to living in that grace has been my life’s study. The answer has been unfolding more and more beautifully of late, and the answer has been: Acceptance and Compassion towards ourselves.

One thing I know is that the only reason anyone is harsh with others, is because they are harsh with themselves. If someone is judgmental of others, it means they are judgmental towards themselves. If someone is mean towards others, it is only because they are mean towards themselves. Once we learn compassion and caring for ourselves, then we naturally are compassionate and caring towards others.

Once we accept all of the things we don’t like about ourselves…that is the day we have compassion for every person on the planet. That is the day we walk in perfection. For we are already perfect, just how we are, and so is everyone else. This is how to flow in life…not by treating ourselves and others as something that needs to be fixed…but by accepting ourselves and others as we and they are.

This is the path to walking in perfection, and to our world living in harmony. For if we all accepted ourselves fully, we would have no problem accepting others.

My message for the day is: Be kind to yourself. Give yourself a hug. You are doing the best you can with what you know…and you are doing great!


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