“Perhaps we just need little reminders from time to time that we are already dignified, deserving, worthy. Sometimes we don’t feel that way because of the wounds and the scars we carry from the past or because of the uncertainty of the future. It is doubtful that we came to feel undeserving on our own. We were helped to feel unworthy. We were taught it in a thousand ways when we were little, and we learned our lessons well. So, when we take our seat in meditation and remind ourselves to sit with dignity, we are coming back to our original worthiness. That in itself is quite a statement. You can bet our inside will be listening. Are we ready to listen, too? Are we ready to listen to the currents of direct experience in this moment, and this one, and this…?”- Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You go, There You Are, 1994
TRY: Sitting with dignity for thirty seconds. Note how you feel. Try it standing with dignity. Where are your shoulders? How is your spine, your head? What would it mean to walk with dignity?
We have a bad habit as a society with putting others down. Bullying and abuse permeates our culture. As much as we love an underdog, people still feel it necessary to pronounce dominance over others. This is not the way of living holistically.
To live holistically means that there are no power struggles. There is no need for hierarchy. At its core, to be holistic is to live in balance, in harmony, with all organic and inorganic life. It is the path of serenity. It is the path of reclaiming your own worth without abusing our friends, family or even people whom we would not know. To live is to be deserving. To be worthy. To be dignified. It is to reteach oneself in a thousand and one ways. What does it mean to sit with dignity? It means to shine with such an inner brilliance that you ripple peacefully in and out simultaneously. One needn’t a crown, harsh words, or a fist to proclaim ones own dignity. One simply needs to sit. To stand. To walk. To be.
One simply needs to shine.