But what about intimacy with ourselves? Most of us have no idea what that means. But I think it's the most important aspect of living full lives.
Webster defines intimate as
So, thinking of intimacy with self, we make friends with ourselves. We listen and love and find compassion for our own experience. We learn about how our minds work, how we react. We recognize our patterns of behavior. We get to know ourselves on a personal level.
This requires turning off the TV and the iPod, dropping the facades, and opening our hearts... to our hearts. It requires quiet and space. And most of all, acceptance. It means we can see ourselves without creating judgements of how good or bad we are. It means we can touch our own worthiness. Our own gentleness.
Becoming familiar with our essential being, our deepest nature, opens up freedom in the rest of our lives.
Through this practice, we are our utmost selves.