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Being Yourself

Kissing the Toad: The Key to Self-Love
June 14, 2019,
Episode 8

“Enlightenment at the core is heart opening, and heart opening reveals wisdom. And wisdom is mercy. It’s impossible to be merciful to anyone else if your heart is closed to yourself.”

We continue the investigation into self-hatred with this episode of Being Yourself. Gangaji speaks to the necessity of “kissing the toad” if you truly want to be free of patterns of self-hatred and live a life rooted in self-love.

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Purchase a download of the complete album at jamisieber.com/feast-of-losses


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To learn more about Aea and how she came to write this song visit out community blog.
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