We cannot pick and choose the experiences we want to carry and keep. If we are to love ourselves wholly and entirely we have to accept ourselves in our entirety… the good, the bad and the ugly…
Every single experience we have had has put a brick in our foundation. This doesn’t mean we have to love or relive every single experience, but it does mean we have to show ourselves, kindness, grace and compassion for the experiences we have had. We have to forgive ourselves for choices we made or even the choices we (may have) been forced to make (traumatic experiences).
We operate on ‘two selves’ one is the person we show to the world, the other is our shadow self, this self is hidden, it contains the bits and parts we choose to keep hidden. Both need to be embraced in order to release inner friction and to actually promote learning and healing.
Every single experience has molded us into who we are today, accepting ourselves fully means embracing our entire being, processing the negative and the positive.
“We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.”- Brene Brown.
Smile & Be Well,
- Maria P.
Senior Counselor at Huther Doyle
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