I’m noticing a pattern…
People seem to be being tested-things like old habits resurfacing, people, situations, triggers, presenting themselves when they haven’t for say, five, ten, twenty years.
I believe this “test” continues under the theme of Trouble At The Border. When we’re right at the edge of new territory, when we’re moving into a new space of higher thought patterns and opportunities to connect with people smarter, more successful, helpful to us and our own lives, those damn.little.gremlins grab hold and whisper in that nasty little tone: “NOT SO FAST.”
So what’s a person to do?
Tara Brach speaks of self-compassion.
Brene Brown speaks of vulnerability and courage.
Joseph Campbell, famous for his work on The Hero’s Journey, once said, “The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.”
Stop where you are in the darkness. acknowledge the pain, the triggers, the reminders of days past, when things were different.
Take a deep breath and acknowledge your vulnerability, honor your feelings, and understand how courageous it is to do that.
That alone prompts change.
That alone begets more courage.
That awareness, that simple yet profound act of awareness, begins the necessary conversation you need to have with your shadow–the shadow that is a part of you, a natural part for all of us. When you greet the shadow, the gremlins, the Ego, you emerge with an understanding of why the darkness presented itself in the first place.
The darkness is a contrast to the light.
And you must know one to know the other.
Otherwise we wouldn’t be having this conversation.
The only question that remains is which will you choose?
That is yours, and yours alone, on your own very unique and purposeful path, to answer.
Pause and go easy on yourself. Acknowledge the not-so-good thoughts and behaviors within, smile in the face of adversity, knowing, not just in theory, but in your heart, that the light is just beyond the dark.
I’m rooting for you.
I hope you’re rooting for me too.
All good things,