From a study examining the DNA of 179 persons without any overt sign of disease or disorders – a remarkable find. The average person has about 400 genetic mutations. So, apparently, no one is perfect!

We all have some sort of imperfection, all the way down to our DNA. And yet, how many of us are unable to tolerate the more obvious imperfections, all the expectations and shoulds we fail to live up to? Perhaps those expectations dwell within a mythical realm where everyone is flaw-free, right down to their DNA.

As for me, I will take this realm, flaws and all. Much better to learn to experience all life has to offer in this flawed realm rather than continually suffer the fate of Icarus and his failed flight. I will take all that this flawed experience offers, all the joys and pains. But I do not dwell in this realm ill-equipped. I tread these waters with the skills of mindfulness to support me. To expose the unrealistic thoughts that might otherwise doom me, to caress the surge of emotions that might otherwise overwhelm me, to hold the physical pain that might crush me.

Mindfulness offers suspension of judgment of our so-called flawed realm, suspension of striving for unrealistic pursuits of perfection, patience with the unfolding flow, acceptance of that beyond my control, kindness and compassion towards my authentic self, letting go of societal pressures and curiosity to delve deeper into this realm, warts and all!



Perfection Is Skin Deep: Everyone Has Flawed Genes

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