Do you ever struggle feeling like you are a whole person? I know I have and do. I think we often allow events from the past and challenges in our present to prevent us from feeling complete. After making a concerted effort to accept and embrace events from my past that I cannot change, I realized those events are part of my wholeness.
I may have struggled with self-love and self-esteem because of the experience of recovering from my head injury or as a result of having been in abusive relationships. Those experiences were challenging, but I got through them and learned so much as a result. I learned to love myself and I learned to stand up for myself. I learned I could land on my feet through anything. That pot of gold at the other end of the rainbow, or in other words, all the learning that becomes part of who I am, also becomes part of my wholeness.
I am aGreek, an opera singer, a yogi, a writer, and a polyglot. I have my MBA, survived a head injury, and know the difference between abuse and love. All of these things make up who I am. I'm not always happy about the darker sides, but I do my best to understand that those parts of life we can't erase teach us things to create a wholeness that wasn't there before.
What we all can control is our minds. We can choose to forgive and release anger and tear down the walls we've built to voluntarily imprison ourselves. We can free ourselves to live happy lives in the midst of or beyond challenging circumstances.
When I reflect on the times I hurting and recovering, I found joy in food, funny movies and the love of my family. The joy and happiness is there. All we have to do is find it and focus on it rather than focusing on the past, on fear, anger and regret. Make your present moment the most powerful moment in your life and know you are complete in this and in every moment because you can!
Repeat this affirmation for a few minutes in a quiet place:
"I am whole and complete as I am."