I'm grateful that the recent rainy weather is perfect for tea and reading, Because in re-reading Tara Brach's book, Trusting the Gold: Uncovering Your Natural Goodness, I am reminded about the connections to Buddhism and Parts Work, and how all good teachings truly are connected. The story goes like this: In the 1950's a Monastery in Thailand was being relocated by a group of monks. One day they were moving a giant clay Buddha when one of the monks noticed a large crack in the clay. On closer investigation they saw a golden light coming from the crack. The monk used a hammer and a chisel to chip away at the clay exterior until he revealed that the statue was made of solid gold. Apparently the statue had been covered with clay by Thai monks several hundred years earlier to protect it from an attack. In the attack, all the monks had been killed and it wasn’t until 1957 that this the hidden gold within had been discovered. This ^^^^^^^ is why I love teaching others about Parts Work. We ALL have gold that gets covered by protective Parts to keep us safe. The programming of our world, culture, family, religion, capitalist ideas, media, and so much more. After so many years of covering up our gold, we forget it is even there. We begin identifying with the coverings - our roles - instead of our souls! We get so angry about what other people are doing and wearing and eating and saying and posting, that we get consumed with anger and resentment or FOMO. We completely lose our Pause Button or the capacity to ask, "Why does this even bother me so much?" I was running a group once when someone started get rage-filled about women who get tattoos in places that will show in wedding dresses on their wedding days! I just watched them go . . . higher and higher in their rage. The energy they were expending going on and on about strangers and choice that didn't even affect them. And then I asked, "Why do you care?" I digress - In Parts Work, we begin to pause and ask, "Why do I care?" We begin to notice which Parts are driving our emotional bus. We begin to make friends with these Parts and give them the attention they need to speak their minds about tattoos or whatever. Then after we allow them space in our internal system, they begin to relax. Like children that get louder the more we ignore them, all these Parts want are for us to acknowledge they are there. Then they relax. Then we can notice the Gold Within Us. Then we get back to our true SELF. I love it! I love watching the light bulb go in others (and myself) when exploring our internal system and finally sitting still enough and giving ourself attention to say "Ohhhhh now I get it. Now it makes sense." And that is how change begins. And that it how peace begins. And that is our self-love begins. I truly, sincerely, absolutely hope you discover the gold within you. You are worth it.