I folded my arms tightly across my chest, sunk deep down into my chair, and thought, This is just great. I’m living straight down the shit list.
Next, I got myself a really good therapist and began a year of serious soul work that would forever change my life.
It was a long year. It felt like a textbook breakdown to me, but [my therapist] called it a spiritual awakening. I think we were both right.
As it turned out, the work I had to do was messy and deep. I slogged through it until one day, exhausted and with mud still wet and dripping off of my traveling shoes, I realized, ‘Oh, my God. I feel different. I feel joyful and real. I’m still afraid, but I also feel really brave. Something has changed — I can feel it in my bones.’
I was healthier, more joyful and more grateful than I had ever felt. I felt calmer and grounded and significantly less anxious. I had rekindled my creative life, reconnected with my family and friends in a new way, and most important, felt truly comfortable in my own skin for the first time in my life.
I learned how to worry more about how I felt and less about ‘what people might think.’ I was setting new boundaries and began to let go of my need to please, perform and perfect. I started saying no rather than sure (and being resentful and pissed off later).
I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we will ever do.Brene Brown
Brene Brown speaks about the uncovering of her authentic joy – aka her authentic self. This is a (r)evolution of bliss she’s speaking about here.
These are her words. Maybe they speak to you.
Excerpted from The Gifts of Imperfection (featured on Super Soul Sunday on OWN), by Brene Brown
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