I love this mantra because it is very validating. Even if we set aside the whole pursuit of enlightenment and oneness of all being, the starting ground is self-acceptance and knowing one’s self-worth. Purnam means whole, complete, perfect. This reminds us that as we are now, we are already enough. This is our starting point, not a result of some condition we need to fulfill.
Our everyday lives are filled with invalidation, starting from our appearance, often with things we have no control over, such as the color of the skin we are born in, our race, our gender, our sexual orientation, etc.
The focus of the month is called “It’s not easy being green” based on Kermit the Frog’s song, and as the song opens he talks about self-doubt and insecurity, but by the end of the song comes to the conclusion that he accepts and likes himself.
It’s not easy being ____ and today we’ll reframe that. It’s not easy being ____ but I am whole just the same, I am complete just the same, I am perfect just the same. So it may be that in the past we are told by others we are not good enough, and perhaps we believed it, and perhaps we beat ourselves up for it. But today, we see that the only validation we need is from ourselves. Having that acceptance, we become our own person, our own savior, our own hero.
Purnam, wholeness, is the state of who we are.