It’s incredible the path we have to walk sometimes to get to the right place. Finding a place of ok-ness within ourselves can be a difficult journey if we feel that life has given us a lot to deal with or that we have made decisions that have had a negative impact. The feelings that block self-acceptance and forgiveness are very powerful. They run deep in your veins and trickle into every part of your life. We can mask them with busyness or avoidance, however they will continue to sit at the very core of our being until we allow them a presence where they can be faced head-on, albeit with compassion.
A deeper understanding and spiritual connection is needed in order to help make sense of the parts of our lives that, often in the most painful moments, trigger those big “why” questions, “Why me?” “Why this again?” – acceptance, in itself, can be healing. But it takes courage and conviction to connect to the necessary insights and skills towards greater self-acceptance. As a human collective historically, we seem to have created a code of unacceptability about the expression of our true selves. This code inhibits our comfortability with talking about our feelings, even the good ones!
Today, there is a shift in consciousness which sparks change in this area. Many people are making waves by finding their voice and expressing their humanness. This is triggering a movement towards greater well-being. Schools, corporations, society are recognizing that we, in our human oneness must make changes – there really is no choice anymore if we are to survive. When the burden of shame and fear of judgement are out of the way, it leaves room in our lives to be free, happy and healthy. Most certainly, we are in a better place to contribute to the greater good. This movement towards improved well-being involves a greater alignment of our whole selves which, with courage, honesty and compassion, will have a ripple effect outward.
I always admire others when they are willing to put themselves out there and name an insecurity that would usually be very uncomfortable to name. When I have witnessed someone else being brave and disclosing a hidden feeling, it has lifted a weight off my own shoulders to simply know that I am not alone. I think this is one of the most meaningful truths that our youth speakers bring to their teen audiences – naming feelings that seem not ok and making them acceptable. I respect their willingness to share. The very naming of a feeling or experience opens the door for it to be built upon, grown and rediscovered continuously throughout life.