Love your shadows

Each of us has characteristics we define as ‘good’ and those we
define as ‘bad.’ The parts of ourselves that we continually
reject want to be acknowledged and loved. Until we honour these
aspects, they will continue to assert themselves. They will do
whatever they can to get our attention.

What aspects of yourself do you reject?

Take a few moments to open to the parts of yourself that you do
not love. See each one honestly for what it is. Explore the
wounds and the motives that gave rise to its condition. Love a
wounded part of yourself and it will heal.

“Strangely enough we strengthen love in ourselves when we raise
into consciousness the shadow side of our lives. Conversely, when
we keep negative feelings out of sight, they smother the love
that seems to lie deeper and closer to the real self. This is
probably why there is so much pain in not loving. The life that
is not able to express the love which is so integral to it grows
deformed.”

— Elizabeth O’Connor

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