If the fire of self overcome you, remember your own faults and not the faults of My creatures, inasmuch as every one of you knoweth his own self better than he knoweth others. (Baha’u’llah, The Persian Hidden Words 66)
This morning, the fire of self is definitely overcoming me. I believe I know what’s best for everyone around me and am judging them harshly for not taking the actions I think they should take. I am impatient with the changes that take time. I forget that it took me into my 60’s before I could start to look at myself more objectively (the good and the bad), so why would I expect younger people to do what I couldn’t do at that age?
There are so many veils between God and I that need tending to, so many things I’ve forgotten to ask His forgiveness for, so many things ahead of me that I need His help with. Taking care of my own poor self is my full time job and any energy I spend on taking care of others, even just in my own mind, is wasting time. I am not responsible for other people’s relationship with God. I’m only responsible for my own.
Knowing I can let go of judging others, I can relax into the day, and I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Letting Go of Criticizing Others