On occasion, all of us live with painful memories, regrets, unfulfilled dreams, confusion, abandonment, compulsions, isolation, a sense of loss and grief, or a poor self-image and aspects of ourselves we struggle to accept. If you ever experienced any of these emotions, then that means that you are human. Suffering is part of the human experience.
But also are transformation and healing which require that we accept and own these often uncomfortable emotions. When we begin to discover and deconstruct the negative ideas we have about ourselves, we discover that we are more powerful than these emotions.
As we uncover these false beliefs about ourselves, we also realize that we have the capacity and the freedom to challenge them and replace them with true statements about who we are. Joy is not a fantasy. It is attainable because the possibilities are many.
The journey from suffering to freedom and joy is also a part of the human experience. We ought to be happy; not just for ourselves but for the whole world. Your journey of exploration touches and inspires others. And so does your joy.
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Daniel E. Novak, PhD, ACSW, LCSW
I see so many people struggling with the concept of self-compassion. Shame has been for so long a familiar emotion, a place to dwell in. Often, people mistake self-compassion with selfishness. They are not the same. – Dr. Daniel E. Novak
“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.” – Christopher K. Germer