The last few months have been something.
When I first started approaching these delicate corners of my mind a familiar quote from Friends came to mind-
Today I want to share with you the first official Shadow Work activity I put together for myself that has helped me break down a major wall of my negative self-talk and self-doubt that I have been tolerating for so long. This was a 4-day process that I started on a Friday and ended on a Monday night and by the end felt very transformed and ready to dive deeper.
Now aside from journaling (which I so deeply recommend for any and everyone doing self-work on themselves), I took an evening to myself to write down 20 things I “hate” or deeply dislike about myself. Yes, I spent a lovely evening of writing down everything I do not like about myself. I thought I was going to have a really easy time tearing myself apart. But around item #12-14 I did find myself struggling a bit. Items on this list included things like repeatedly making the same mistakes, how much pressure I put on myself to constantly be the BEST at everything, and how negatively I still look and speak about my body on occasion (which is more often then I would like to admit).
Then after the list was complete I closed my journal and continued on with my evening routine.
The next three nights were where I deep dive into my list of “hate” by asking myself “why” each night. For each item on my list, I asked myself “why” I thought that in particular. Then to that response, I asked myself “why” and then again to the response of my response I again asked myself “why”. By the third time, I asked myself “why” I hated these particular things about myself were all things that I could overcome or that were simply not true. Challenging myself to confront my shadows is going to be essential in the development of not only on a personal level but also professionally. Now when these recurring negative thoughts creep into my mind I can shut them down quickly knowing they are truly false!
I encourage you to face your shadows and show them the light!
Until next time-
Stay Blessed Babes!