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Embracing the whole self

Letting go of conditioning that teaches us we are not good enough allows us to love and accept ourselves and others.
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“How do you know you are meeting your task? To find your task, you must move through the Valley of the Shadow. You must face your fears. You must move towards the still space at the center of your being. At center, you discover your true cosmic will.”
— Pamela Eakins, PhD

This week we jump into one of the deepest questions humans face with a quote from Pamela Eakins. She jumps right in: What is the meaning of life? Why am I here? And while no one else can provide that answer for you, this quote suggests that in order to find out, we need to embrace our whole selves, including the shadow parts.

This, naturally, is no simple feat. It involves facing shame and fear, moving past the impulse to justify or make excuses. Embracing the whole self and letting go of conditioning that teaches us we are not good enough allows us to create a state of receptivity in ourselves and foster the ability to love and accept ourselves and others. The beautiful result is to be able to reflect your piece of the truth to the world.