“I am here to keep becoming truer, more beautiful versions of myself again and again forever. To be alive is to be in a perpetual state of revolution… I will continue to become only if I resist extinguishing myself a million times a day. If I can sit in the fire of my own feelings, I will keep becoming.”
― Glennon Doyle, Untamed
You might have seen that quote above a few times by now, as I share it a lot. When I read Untamed (PSA: go do so straight after this post if you haven’t yet!), this part struck at my deepest foundations of Self. In a few words, this person who I have never met saw me in my myriad imperfections, vulnerabilities, inconsistencies and decades of giving up on myself – not to mention the endless tapes of BS running in my head. She saw all of that and she gently, lovingly, invited me into a new reality where I can simply let go of rigid goals and ideals, and keep becoming every damn day.
Isn’t that the most beautiful self-wisdom we can have?
2020 has changed us all – I’m certain – in ways which have rocked us to our core selves. It has demanded that we finally face that ever-looming question:
“Who even AM I?”
Who am I beyond all the trappings of my most familiar life, inside my unconscious habits and routines, repeating my usual exercise patterns, eating my go-to foods and binge-watching my favourite shows? Who am I without the job, or the workplace, the colleagues, the peers and clients I once had? Who am I if my kids are at home and my roles as a person on this planet also now include educator and professional, simultaneous, multi-tasking circus act? Who am I if I can’t see my friends, my family?
Who am I in my solitude? When it’s literally just me?
Have you found yourself faced with these questions over the last few months? If so, how did they feel? Uncomfortable? Liberating? Fearful? Exhilarating? Worrying? Surprising? Or perhaps all of these at different times?
I’ve personally found so much liberation in what 2020 has thrown at us (and into). I could easily write a whole other post on the specifics of what I’ve faced this year, but suffice to say I’ve met my own ego limitations over and over and over again. And yet, with the extended time and space at home, I’ve been more able and willing to confront and ease myself through all of those fears and self/society-imposed limitations.
Has that happened for you too?
If so, then I say Congratulations! This is the first step towards personal freedom and ultimately, becoming the YOU you’ve always dreamed of!
If you haven’t, then I recommend re-reading the quote above, reading Glennon’s book, and also joining in with the activity below.
Wherever you are on your self-exploration, the practice I’m sharing below will help you immeasurably. Why? Because it’s all about actually allowing yourself to FEEL the benefits of your life in your body – not just on rare occasions in your head (battling for space with the 60,000 negative tape-loops you hear daily).
And when your body is on board, then you really start moving mountains in every – single – area – of your life.
I’d love you to try this out – once, fully immersing yourself – and see what comes up! Share with me if you feel moved to; I’d love to hear. And if you really want to shift things powerfully in your life, try out this practice every day for a week, a fortnight, a month…. And let me know what changes for you!
With deep love, gratitude and belief,
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