Reading & Pondering Today 10-24

image“Taking this journey into the past may feel slightly daunting at first. But the fact is this journey is one of the most rewarding trips we can take. It’s intriguing to uncover our shadow, to see how it has taken root, and to catch ourselves before we say something we don’t really mean or do something that we will regret.

Our shadows are there for us, waiting to offer invaluable insights about ourselves. We can never manage or defeat our self-sabotaging behaviors without embracing the shadows that are driving them. There is no pattern of behavior that can’t be broken or changed if we are willing to expose its roots and the emotional upset that caused us to reject the shadow aspect in the first place.

When we can compassionately embrace the part of us that has set this behavior in place, we will take back the power over our own actions and break the automatic responses of our unwanted patterns. This process often creates a conundrum because, as human beings, we are designed to want to feel safe, and more often than not, repeating the same old behaviors is what gives us a false sense of safety.

It somehow feels easier to repeat the past than explore a different outcome. But to break open a repetitive self-sabotaging behavior, we will have to give up this illusion of a safety net for a moment and be willing to feel what’s underneath. And when we find ourselves in the presence of one of our shadow aspects, we will be able to unravel the mystery of our undesirable behavior and cause change to begin.”

Excerpt From: Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson & Debbie Ford. “The Shadow Effect.”

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About anitaskocz

ANITA JOYCE SKOCZ is a storyteller who resides in Central Florida. She credits her passion to her father, who dazzled her imagination as a child with his gift to weaver a tale. After a diving accident in 1978, Anita left the travel industry to journey the inner roads of her soul. The riches found on those adventures inward come to life in her children’s books. Anita’s books, “Crystal Star Angel” and “Kite Tale,” were inspired by the loving relationships her father had with his grandsons. From Where I Sit is a blog where Anita shares her life’s stories, or comments on current events from her soul’s perspective. Her insights can evoke laughter as well as take one on a reflective journey. In any case she hopes you join her each Wednesday for a new adventure.
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