It takes time to know who you truly are, especially if you want to lift the veils of superficial perception to peer below into the depths of your soul. Such a concept is daunting for some, and not such an obvious thing to do for many, as it’s easy to get swept up by the overall impression we have built up of ourselves over the years. Yet our own impressions of ourselves are often flawed by self-judgment and distorted memories.
Fortunately for myself, life saw me as a coconut that needed cracking open. I was chugging along, when all of a sudden the rug was pulled out from under me catapulting me into an intense transition that lasted several years. Forced to face my fears around my survival and the beliefs I held that were holding me back from blossoming, I found relief by dropping into the well of joy within myself that existed despite all my judgments and self-inflicted suffering.
There is a succulence deep within you that feeds you, like the store of water a cactus holds for the dry days. My search for answers and a sense of peace with my circumstances, helped to ease in wisdom, as I released the old limited impression of myself. As I began to notice and honor who I really was, I began to bloom into a truer version of myself.
Give yourself time for you. Look deeper than your habitual responses towards yourself and your life. Commit to your light, what lights you up, and what kindles your joy. Life for many of us is fast-paced, ever ready to present fresh challenges and time disappears sometimes as fast as a vacuum cleaner sucks up a paper clip. Yet, taking time get to know yourself on a deeper level, to get to enjoy the experience of being you and what that really means is crucial and precious.
The next time you feel alone or dissatisfied with your life, sit with yourself or go for a stroll. Breathe deeply, feel your feelings, then gently let go of your thoughts, all the mental paths you tread and feel your heart. Thank yourself for being you.
Get curious about who this wonderful being is, who you live with day in and day out.
Often we only know other people in a tip of the iceberg kind of way. Perhaps there is a lot more of you yet to discover too; a lot more of you to accept and embrace. You may find you start making new choices, as you drop into a state of reverence for all life, including you, and the life you create for yourself.
Nicola Walker has been an inner freedom coach and hypnotherapist for nearly 20 years. She is the author of the upcoming book, Joy in the Middle of the Mess: An Evolutionary Quest From Self Doubt to Success. She has developed her own method for connecting with intuitive wisdom to get clarity on challenges and decisions.
Nicola works with entrepreneurs and leaders who want to increase confidence and belief in themselves, while exploring solutions to the pressures and stresses of success. She guides her clients to confidently move forward so they can experience true success, freeing them to love their life while doing the work that is meaningful to them.