“What you resist, persists.” -Carl Jung
What are you burying inside of you? What are you distracting yourself from? What is it that you do not want to turn toward, what emotion, what fear? Until you allow yourself to be present with what is honestly alive inside of you, you will never truly know yourself. And these suppressed emotions will continue to show up over and over again in your relationship with yourself, with others, with the world. They will manifest as addictions, radical behaviors that don’t really feel like YOU. These hurt ones, angry ones, fearful ones, they want to be acknowledged. And, until they are, they will grow stronger and continue to find new ways to make you pay attention. They will hijack your freedom and sense of Self. The only way to come to the other side is to move through it, to fully experience EVERYTHING inside of you. And this takes great courage. Take a breath. Be still. You have this capacity within you. Honor whatever emotions come with curiosity for what they have to teach you. Be gentle, be honest. Welcome them home. It is through this embrace that you will finally be able to move forward authentic and whole. And in that, my friend, is true freedom.