If you clicked on this blog, chances are you've been hearing all this talk about SHADOW WORK and wondering- What the hell does that mean?
First, let me say CONGRATULATIONS on taking the first step to becoming a HIGHER version of yourself by SEEKING the knowledge!
Now before you start picturing yourself like some superhero that goes to battle up against all their inner demons(even though that's pretty dope), let me breakdown what shadow work actually is...
Shadow work is basically like putting on an explorers hat that has a flashlight attached to it and going into the deepest corners of your mind where all your fears, insecurities and memories of that time your 8th grade crush told you that you were too ugly for them, is living rent free! I can't be the only one who went through that ....
ANYWAY....now I know why you would be compelled to ask "why the heck would I want to relive those moments?" Well, I can give you 5!
When you become aware of the root causes of your behaviors, you will be able to understand your patterns triggers and why you react to certain things like you do.
2. Emotional Healing:
You'll gain power to address past wounds and emotional baggage which will cause you to attract healthier relationships due to the healing work done within.
3. Personal Growth:
Working on your mindset and embracing change will give you the ability to break free from limiting beliefs and self-sabotage.
4. Increased Authenticity:
Honoring your true self, including the not so desirable (in your opinion) parts of yourself that you hide away from the world, will result in you living a more authentic and fulfilling life.
Once you begin to take charge of your life by confronting fears and insecurities, you will begin to see challenges as opportunities for growth!
I don't know about you, but this sounds worth it to me! So how do you get started?....
Self-Reflection: Set aside quiet time away from all distractions (people, things etc) for introspection. Try journaling your thoughts, feelings, and observations.
Identify Triggers: Pay attention to situations that bring up strong emotions. Explore the underlying reasons behind these reactions.
Seek Support: Share your journey with a trusted friend or mentor. If that is not an option for you, consider professional guidance.
Practice Mindfulness: Stay present in the moment. It's important to go into the corners of your mind as the observer so that you don't reabsorb the same emotions, this can trick your mind into believing that you're actually experiencing the same thing currently. Observe don't absorb.
Embrace Imperfections: Acknowledge that everyone has flaws. Give yourself the grace needed to accept that imperfections are a natural part of being human.
Set Small Goals: Break down your shadow work into manageable steps and don't forget to celebrate your progress along the way.
Express yourself: Art, writing, or talking can be powerful outlets. Y'all see me blogging right?! I have created many things since 2019 while on my own healing journey. Finding creative ways to express your emotions and experiences can help with releasing pent up energy. You may just end up starting a business through your process....I DID!
See, now that doesn't sound so bad does it? Absolutely nothing to be afraid of loves.
Embarking on the path of shadow work is an empowering choice that leads to self-discovery and personal growth. Remember, it's a gradual process, and every step forward is a victory. Embrace your shadows, so that your inner light can shine brighter than ever before!
Be true, be you
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Rachele is an Author, Coach
Human Design Specialist & the
Creator of the "Reflect & Affirm" Self-
Love Activations Deck