Meeting The Shadow

Hi All, Welcome back to our blog – Meeting The Shadow.
Meeting The Shadow

“Who do you become when things don’t go your way?”

I find this question quite powerful and thought provoking, giving me great insight into what in my life i need to focus on.
Through our life experiences we will all have a different story and respond differently.

“ who do we become when things don’t go our way ?” …. if the answer to this question gives you an insight into an area of your life that you would like to work on or improve then read on!

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

How we respond to difficult situations is a choice.

When you conclude something you are making a judgement about how it will end. When you keep yourself in the questioning of the situation then you keep your options open to  possibilities.

We may choose to react with emotional / behavioural negativity such as anger, frustration, impatience, overwhelming sadness, giving up, a feeling of unjustness with the world , stubbornness etc .

We may obsess  using rituals or habits as a coping mechanism .  We may choose other forms of more physical negativity such as lashing out, using drugs , alcohol , taking revenge , over exercising, over eating or using any other negative habit or ritual as a coping mechanism .

 

In my own journey of self refection i realise that at the point of trigger I am always without knowledge and wisdom . This is where we make bad choices .

I am learning that my awareness of this helps me to now begin to practice trying to be present and working on the shadows every day .

In that mindful awareness this dedication to my self practice will remind me that it is ALWAYS my actions that are my choice.

When things don’t go my way, or something difficult or unexpected shows up in my life, i try to take a step back if I can .

Meeting The Shadow

If i am able to do this i have a clearer viewpoint of the whole picture, and it enables me to decide how i would like to respond to the situation.

Some of the tools that have helped me overcome difficult challenges and experiences within my own life are listed here.

~Be CURIOUS – If I write my feelings in a journal , when things do not go my way i then have a “go to” place which allows me to think and feel differently about the situation or experience .

~ Be BRAVE – it can be quite frightening and overwhelming when things do not go your way. Remember this is a phase of your life, not your whole life. Remind yourself that you have had other situations in your life that felt like there was no way out, no solution etc. and you survived it then.  Ride those initial feelings out and you will find a way forward , a plan or a solutio

~ Be OPEN – to things being different to how you expected and to new experiences. It serves no purpose to hold on to past , what could have been, should have been, and comparisons  etc because it can make us feel bitter , unhappy and resentful. Accept the situation for what it is , let go of judgement , whys etc and accept yourself. We are all doing the best we can.

~ Be KIND to yourself –   Accept your feelings, its ok not to feel ok or to feel angry etc. We need to experience a full range of emotions. Its healthy and you are being honest and true to yourself. Even though the situation or  life hasn’t turned out the way you had planned, it doesn’t mean you failed. Stop judging yourself.  Forgive yourself if you need to , TO HELP YOU MOVE FORWARD.

~ Be in your HEART not in your head – Make decisions and take actions from the heart. The head tries to rationalise and  make sense of what “should” happen  the heart feels what is right. It may not be logical at all but when you take action from the heart your intuition is working and it is exceptionally powerful. When i work from my heart i am ALWAYS guided on the right path. When things are not going my way and i reflect i am ALWAYS in my head and not in my heart.

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Jeni

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