Accepting My Shadows
Authenticity - Healing -  My 66-day Journey of Healing Through Writing and Sharing

Accepting My Shadows

I’ve been writing about the benefits of journaling recently. Today, I want to give you a peek into my journal. Accepting My Shadows is a piece I wrote about myself a while back.

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

~ John Ruskan

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.

“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.


This is Day 17 of My 66-day Journey of Healing Through Writing and Sharing. As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I might be reposting some posts that I wrote a few years ago – mostly personal stories or those shared with me by others which talk about emotional pain and dealing with it.


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An inspirational writer, a creativity and writing trainer/coach, I write about life, gratitude, healing, wellness, relationships at Everyday Gyaan. I offer training/coaching to anyone looking to explore their creativity and heal through writing via The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India. You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter, Bytes of Gyaan, on Substack.

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