I am fallen and I am flawed, I am different but I am ok and your labels do not define who I am. I will spin on my own in my own way, and I will embrace myself, darkness and all and learn to channel my unique quirky differences.Nina Montgomery
When we can spiritually accept and love our whole self, flaws and all, we will feel a sense of ‘freedom’, as we are no longer bound by restraint, inhibition, limitation or in denial with our inner self.
To do this we must accept our uniqueness, quirkiness, light and shadow as a blessing; as being different makes us who we are.
When we wholeheartedly step into our uniqueness we no longer rely on others to validate our self -worth as we stand strong in our own self-confidence because we realise that we are perfectly imperfect just like every other human on this planet.
By fully embracing our differences and letting them shine we start to see that our special gifts, talents and skills help serve humanity and can help raise our vibration as we become aligned to our true authentic self.
A mindfulness practice that you can use to help you connect and accept your differences is the act of befriending yourself. During this practice we talk to ourselves like we are talking to our best friend.
- Get a piece of paper and pen. Write at the top of the page “How am I unique?”
- Then with the opposite hand that you write with, write down all the reasons you are unique. eg honest, loyal, kind, respectful, awkward, shy, critical, creative, free spirited, obsessive etc.
- Next pretend this is a list of qualities about your best friend and write down what positive things you would say to your friend about these qualities. eg honesty gives you the ability to give others a reality check and be truthful, being shy can make your more approachable and have a calming affect on others.
- Now that you can see the positive in your qualities write down why each quality makes you unique. eg when I am critical I look at the world through different eyes as I’m always looking for a way to help improve my quality of life and the world.
This exercise is designed to bring awareness to our qualities and to realise how they are positive and how they make us unique. As if we allow negative labels to be placed on our uniqueness we can start to feel shame or embarrassment and this stops us from proudly sharing our authentic self with the world.
When we can see the beauty in our uniqueness, so can others and this makes it easier for us to shine our light, as we are no longer afraid to be seen.
So what are you waiting for?
Now is the time to share your uniqueness; all you have to do is breath in your truth and exhale your light into the world.
Don’t be afraid to shine, the world needs your light!Gabby Bernstein
Written by Present Mindfulness Academy