Self acceptance. Self compassion. Self love. This is what it takes to experience true happiness.
We are constantly looking outward for self validation. Looking within is hard, uncomfortable and honestly most of us don’t know how to do it. Self reflection, understanding our emotions, owning our stories are not skills we are ever taught.
We all carry stories within us. Our stories can give us the confidence, the drive and determination we need to face up to the world, little reminders that we are amazing. With every shade of light there is shadow. Each one of us carries a story that dents our self compassion. These stories are often start with not enough… not good enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not thin enough; and they are loud and on constant repeat. This can be self destructive and can lead to a path of unhappiness.
Owning our story is and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” – Brené Brown
Rather than hiding from these stories we need to embrace them. We need to own our stories and with this our vulnerability. Because without vulnerability, without owning our story, we cannot cultivate true connections, with ourselves and with others.
So I encourage you to own whatever your story is. No matter how painful it may be. No matter what the reactions from others may be. Be compassionate to yourself. Be Brave!
The Nourishing Way
First published on Cadence Health 11/9/2017