This last month I have committed more deeply to honoring my experience.
Instead of running away from my experience, I have made it a point to consciously explore those places.
The reason for this is that, in order for us to grow and develop into the person we need to be, to blossom, if you will, we must honor and acknowledge all sides of ourselves.
If we deny certain parts of ourselves, there will also be a room of the house unexplored, and if we leave parts of ourselves in the shadows, we can never fully integrate or bring forth our unique gifts.
I have been thinking a lot lately about what happiness is and how we can discover it in our lives.
We often look outside of ourselves to see what others are doing and sometimes we feel like we should be doing that, too.
Ultimately, I’ve come to accept that I have to forge my own path and that the only way to do that is to look within and trust myself.
But looking within does not come easily. It doesn’t come without a good amount of work, openness, and willingness to investigate.
That’s why it’s so important to be willing to feel what we’re feeling and to honor our experience.
And amazingly, when we do that, we feel more integrated and more whole. We start to understand ourselves better and are better able to listen.
Instead of comparing ourselves or looking outward for guidance, we refer to our inner guidance system.
I think this is the real path to happiness:
Listening to your own heart, being open to feeling your emotions, forging your own path, and trusting your own guidance system.
And the first step to doing that is to begin honoring your experience.
Resist turning away, tuning out, and distracting. Try to show up and face the music.
What are you feeling? What are you thinking?
You may not know the answer and that’s alright. But be willing to listen.
You won’t always win this game but at least you’re playing.
The more we can release into and surrender to our experience, the closer we get to fully experiencing ourselves, our truest desires, our deepest heart, and this is where, in my opinion, happiness and contentment are forged.
When we start to step into our experience, we begin to vibrate at the frequency of our heart and the people and circumstances in our lives begin to move toward us. It is the truest path to finding contentment in our lives.