If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. Maya Angelou

Sit down, have a cup of tea with me. Let’s have a conversation about love.

Loving ourselves.

Self- compassion is the ability to be self- forgiving and self-accepting. For some that is difficult to do. This idea of self-compassion came to mind yesterday afternoon as I practiced meditation on my self care day. I was sitting on a lounge chair enjoying a lovely scene in nature and feeling lucky to be alive on such a lovely day, when I heard some negative conversation that took me aback. It was me telling myself, “Yes it’s a nice day but what about ….”?

Why do we experience negative self talk? I had purposely set aside time to care for my well-being and emotional wellness, so where are these dark thoughts coming from? Does that happen to you too? After letting my mind listen to my negative Other for a few moments, I realized she was afraid of how good we were feeling! Okay, before I sound completely nuts here, let me assure you that I do not have a split personality!
However, from time to time on my wellness journey, I have found that my old self will float to the surface of my consciousness to remind me of past hurts and experiences. The enemy of my soul is afraid of the greater one within, that I am becoming. Yes, I’m speaking of spiritual darkness. It exists. Whatever name you choose to call it. Yet is the existence of darkness the catalyst for greatness?

“See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc; no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭54:16-17(NIV).

Dear Reader, you may or may not be a believer, but know this, the fact that you are still breathing today is because you are an overcomer!
Depression, negativity, past trauma, all these are a means to reaching the highest heights in yourself. If you cast the Light of the Lord, the Source of All upon them, you will see them for what they are, stepping stones on the journey to your best self. It is when we listen and entertain the negative voices that we eventually succumb to the plan of darkness, losing our joy and resolve.

So after a few moments of the negative self talk going on in my head, I said “Be quiet”! I gave thanks for no longer being where I used to be and for surviving the journey that got me this far!

“And so it is, that both the devil and the angelic spirits present us with objects of desire to awaken our power of choice”.
Rumi.

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