What if self-forgiveness was the most important gift you could offer yourself?
Congratulations on getting through the week.
It is a huge accomplishment to dive into your mess and to be with the pain and bliss in equal parts. Whether you got through all of the exercises or only some of them, be very gentle with yourself. Sometimes, giving it your best shot simply means going at your own pace.
Whether you’ve taken on a dysfunctional behavior in order to gain control over a shitty situation that first cropped up in your early life, or you made some choices along the way that you’re not too proud of, just acknowledge that the messiness is what makes you who you are. Regrets are pointless when you take this broader perspective, which helps you to see that everything you love about yourself is intrinsically connected to the “mistakes” and hiccups along the way.
I’m not asking you to pretend everything is all good or to sprinkle love and light over the parts of your life that feel painful. In fact, I want you to give yourself free rein to admit the shittiness of any situation you are feeling your way through. In moving through your emotions, you become your own best advocate. Instead of letting your challenges shut you down or diminish your power, you can allow for whatever you have experienced.