Healing takes a lot of hard work; moving to self-love

Written by Amie on May 13, 2013 – 1:45 am -

buried who they truly are, what they truly desire, how they truly feel, and possibly negative or traumatic experiences that carry guilt and/or shame.

Changing your pattern to self-love will take work. But coming to a place of self-love will be the best reward you can ever imagine! Trust me when I say I know what it feels like to feel hopeless and stuck. And please trust me when I say, we are meant to love ourselves. I believe this with every ounce of my being. Does that mean our lives should be without heartache or difficulties or grief? Absolutely not. We will have all of these experiences because we are human and because we desire love and connection with other humans. But if we are in an emotionally healthy place, these experiences may be difficult, but we will be able to see them in a much different light than we do if we are in a place of self-hate. When a person is in a deep place of self hate, they may act out in all sorts of unhealthy ways. For example, one might lie about a situation in order to protect themselves emotionally rather than choose to be vulnerable and admit how they hurt someone they love. One may choose to overeat, or drink too much alcohol, etc., in order to try to block out feelings of self-hatred/guilt/shame.  Sometimes it is difficult to “see” this in a person who appears to have it all together. Most people have learned to have two (or more) personalities. One is the personality they display when they do not wish to be authentic, honest, etc. (in protection mode, or denial) The other is their “true” self, which mostly gets lost or buried until a person is able to love themselves, or desire a more authentic way of being. Depression comes when a person is completely hiding their true self, in an attempt to protect themselves emotionally.  They have buried who they truly are, what they truly desire, how they truly feel, and possibly negative or traumatic experiences that carry guilt and/or shame.

people who can be unkind to a loved one but then turn around two seconds later and be kind

I want to write about how to begin the journey to self-love and self-compassion. Have you met people who can be unkind to a loved one but then turn around two seconds later and be kind to a complete stranger? I have. And I am sure I have been guilty of this myself somewhere along the way. This is the example I will use to help you begin your journey to self love and self compassion. Even though the actions of being kind to that stranger aren’t authentic, I want to ask you, don’t you at least deserve the effort you gave them? I witnessed a mother (I assume she was the girl’s mother) in a store the other day who was with her  approximately 8 year old daughter. The young girl was looking at cards and would come to her mother to ask, “is this a good one”? It was very clear from watching, that the young girl wanted to pick the “perfect” card for whomever it was she was buying the card. It was obviously very important to her to pick a special card. The mother’s response was, “Just pick a fuc*ing” card”. I was shocked, and sad, and I wanted to go to the girl and tell her “I see you trying to pick the perfect card, I see it is so important for you to choose the most special one.” But I didn’t.  The woman passed me after being so unkind to her daughter, and she very politely said, “excuse me”, and even smiled at me! I don’t want to pass judgement here, because maybe this woman had a terrible day and this isn’t how she usually speaks to her sweet daughter. I truly hope this is the case.  If this isn’t the case, then I hope this woman will eventually come to a place of loving herself so she and her daughter can have an emotionally healthy relationship. So, how does this relate to what I am talking about?

Little Girl Holding Kitten

 in the moment

Well, my guess is that this woman’s outburst to her child is also her own inner voice. The one she uses to beat herself up with. It is difficult for a person who dislikes themselves to see a young  beautifully innocent young girl who is in the moment, happily picking out a special card (or whatever the situation may be). It “triggers” something inside them that if they don’t take the time to figure out why it triggers them, they will continue beating themselves up. The other important thing to notice is if this young girl starts taking in this negativity; the unresolved emotions, the  negative talk from her mother, she too, may begin the process of self hate. This is not always the case. There are some people who seem to be able to hear this negativity and separate it from themselves. They somehow realize even from a young age that these negative interactions are not personal. Unfortunately, many people take on this negativity as if they deserve to be treated unkindly. When frequent situations such as this happen, a person may develop a very harsh inner voice. I just wanted to mention this, because it helped me begin to understand how my own harsh inner voice began. I could *feel* the person’s emotions (energy) if it was negative, even if they were saying something to me that they wanted to sound “positive”. I *felt* them rather than *heard* their words. Hope that makes sense. It is like someone telling you your beloved pet cat is going to be okay, when in fact, you feel they are lying to you so that they don’t have to tell you the truth. By the way, this behavior is crazy making! It took me years to figure this out. A person claiming to care about me saying one thing to me, but I would feel the complete opposite coming from them.

 If you are able to be nice to a stranger, you *know* people deserve kindness!

To begin the process of being kind, loving, and compassionate to yourself, you must begin to be aware of your thoughts. And then when you notice a negative one, start a dialog with yourself. Be that lady who was polite to me. Even though I felt negative energy from her, she was still able to talk kindly to me. No, it may not feel authentic, but it is a start. And, consider this: you deserve to be treated kindly and with respect and compassion! If you are able to be nice to a stranger, you *know* people deserve kindness! Guess what, you are one of those people who deserve kindness! Most importantly, you deserve kindness from yourself. Try doing this even when it doesn’t feel authentic to you. It most likely won’t feel authentic for awhile. That’s okay. That is to be expected since your inner voice has been so critical for so long! And, your inner critic ISN’T YOU!! That inner voice is an accumulation of those negative voices, thoughts and beliefs stemming from negative experiences (like the little girl I mentioned about) and negative people all throughout the course of your life.

“I am so lazy, why can’t I just clean my room?”

I am a very emotionally sensitive person, so if you are too, it is very likely you have picked up many of these negative experiences. And remember, dysfunctional people pass their dysfunction on to others unless they are working on healing these experiences. So, if you have had unhealthy people in your life at any time (which, let’s face it, who hasn’t?), chances are good that you may have picked up unhealthy thoughts and beliefs about yourself. You can begin right now to change this. If you have a negative thought about yourself, it is absolutely not true. There is a difference between saying to yourself something like, “My room is messy, I would like it cleaned up”, vs. something like, “I am so lazy, why can’t I just clean my room?” BIG difference! The first statement is simply a desire, the second is a harsh self-judgment meant to make a person feel shame. Begin simply by noticing and observing these thoughts going through your mind. Then question them; is this self-judgment, is this a kind voice, whose voice is this? Ask yourself how you would respond to a young child who you happen to over hear speaking to himself with this voice. I’m guessing you would respond with love and kindness and compassion? GIVE the same thing to yourself!

Nurture yourself!

I am going to add more to this post soon, but until then….please think of small ways to begin nurturing yourself. Buy yourself a new pen, go to the library and get a book you have been wanting to read, take a long hot bubble bath, get outside and go for a hike with the soothing trees and birds and crickets, play with your cat or dog, allow yourself to take a nap, play a fun game with a child, light a candle and sit down for 10 minutes and just observe your breath moving in and out of your nose, get a massage, paint, draw, color, work with clay, write in your journal, sing, dance, jump on the bed, do something that makes you feel loved. This is the beginning of loving yourself. Give yourself a big hug and talk to yourself as if you are a small child who still trusts love. You deserve love! You are love! You ARE NOT those negative thoughts you have been living with and believing all these years.

 

 

 

 

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Taking back your power from depression

Written by Amie on February 6, 2012 – 1:20 am -

You are love….you have the answers you need right inside you…..dig through the old lies and stories to rediscover the truth you were born with…..you are a beautiful soul…..you deserve to be here…..you deserve to feel joy every day……let go of the old stuff you have carried around for years…..question every single thing you tell yourself…..only keep it if you know it to be 100% true….that means you have to prove that it is true! Do something for yourself that feels good…right now….tell yourself you are falling in love with…..YOU! 🙂

You have power!

Okay, here we go…….I have been having a bit of trouble writing lately because there is a tiny part of me that does not want to own my true power. I am right on the edge of stepping 100% into who I truly am. What am I afraid of? I am a tiny bit afraid of being seen as a “know it all”. Honestly, that is my truth right now. Up until a few years ago, I played small. I played the game of pretend….pretending I didn’t have power inside me….pretending I didn’t know how powerful I really am. When I say powerful, I do not mean this in an ego-based way….I am talking about the power every single one of us has because we are all a part of the same source. The only problem is, so many of us either do not recognize it, do not own it, or choose to keep it hidden. This is sad. Instead, most people are taught to play small; to go along with the crowd so as not to “make waves”. That was me. Until now.

threshold of fear

Here I go….I am stepping over that tiny threshold of fear, and letting go of the untrue thought that people will think I am a know it all. Even if someone does think that, it really isn’t about me, it is about them. I want to share with you what I *know* for certain. When I was severely depressed, this message most likely would not have made a difference to me, so I understand if this does not resonate with you *right now*. This is what I have come to know without an ounce of doubt and I want to share it with each and every person I come into contact with. Maybe you already know this and feel this deep in your bones. I pray that you do!!! I began the journey of learning this message after my kids were born. However, I did not *feel* it so deeply until the last year or so. If I could explain to you how I felt at the beginning of this journey, and how I feel now….you would be utterly amazed beyond words. I know I am. I came back to the truth that I know we are all born with.

So, this is what I know. These words are not mine. I just happen to be the conduit for them.

blaming others 

Depression is your soul’s way of trying to wake you up to remember your truth. I know I have said this before, but I must keep repeating it. Depression is your soul’s way of screaming (gently!) to you to please come back to realize you are magnificent. One reason you are feeling so badly about yourself is because you bought into (innocently)the nonsense that people who were supposed to love and protect you, either told you, or showed you, via their actions. This is not the fault of anyone. They were taught the same lessons they passed on to you, and for whatever reason, it was not their time to wake up and realize how dysfunctional their behaviors were. Many people have very sensitive souls. If this is the case for you, it was even more difficult for you to be with dysfunctional people in your life. Your soul was screaming out your truth, and this truth was shut down by dysfunctional people and/or a dysfunctional society. You learned to hide. If we stay hidden for too long, we have no choice but to shut down the truth that we were born with.

learning to take back your power

I am not saying all of this so you can blame your depression on someone else. That is not my message here. You are exactly where you are supposed to be. Your life experiences made you the perfect soul you are today. I am telling you this to encourage you to take back your power. When you allow yourself to see and feel the pain and hurt you have endured in your life, you automatically take back the power that was taken from you. Each time you question something you were taught to believe, you gain back power.  The more you question, the more you gain your power back. I am telling you this so that you can understand why you may be hating yourself right now. Your soul is weighted down with self-hate messages that are just plain lies. When you believe the self-hate, you can’t function in your truth. You are fighting against self-hate. The way to get out of depression is to start loving yourself. And, please believe me, I understand this does not always happen overnight. I say “not always”, because I want to leave the possibility open for you to believe it actually *can* happen overnight. Self-love begins when you start listening to and questioning the voices and messages in your head. Replace the lies with the truth. The truth is, every single one of us is here to give and receive unconditional love.

we are all mirrors for each other

We are here to see the beauty in each and every living being we come into contact with. Each being we come into contact with is a mirror for us. Each being has a part of us in them. We are all a part of each other. What I dislike in another person, I also dislike in myself. What I love in another, I love in myself. What irritates me in another, also irritates me in myself. This is a difficult pill to swallow sometimes, but it is the truth. Once we can see ourselves in every single living person/animal/flower etc., we will know unconditional love and we are free. Start by looking at every thought that goes through your mind….every reaction you have……every belief you have…..every choice you make…..and then question it…..while always being as gentle with yourself as you would be with a young baby. Nurture yourself by allowing your truth to surface without judging it. Replace the self-hate with a loving thought, even if it doesn’t feel true right now.

 

You are love….you have the answers you need right inside you…..dig through the old lies and stories to re-discover the truth you were born with…..you are a beautiful soul…..you deserve to be here…..you deserve to feel joy every day……let go of the old stuff you have carried around for years…..question every single thing you tell yourself…..only keep it if you know it to be 100% true….that means you have to prove that it is true! Do something for yourself that feels good…right now….tell yourself you are falling in love with…..YOU! 🙂

 

 

 

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