Accepting My Shadows

There are days, like today, that I get up feeling heavy – worry, fear and a feeling of discontent. They are few and far between, thankfully. Strangely, I’m thankful for days like this because they are good reminders of the dark places within me. Days like this tell me of my fears, my insecurities, my anger, my jealousy. Most of all they tell me how much more I need to grow in faith, inner peace and love.

I think it’s so important that I look at the dark parts of myself and accept that they exist. They’re not pretty, but they’re a part of me and I’d best not pretend they don’t exist. If I don’t accept my ‘shadows’ I’m in effect saying that some parts of me are not me! In other words, I’m not loving all of me.

As I welcome my painful self, it heals. Loving myself provides the power for transformation.
~ John Ruskan


“Welcome the small cracking of your hard-clodded shell,
Embrace the warm sting of tears,
Kiss the shadow which frightens you awake as you turn the corners of your day,
Love the whole of everything,
Smooth sunshine skies and
Jagged edges
Which all seek us out in
Constant whisper and touch
To say, ‘hello, Beautiful. You’re alive”
Jacob Nordby

Accepting my shadows is part of the process of loving and healing myself.