The Enemy Within

(Critical inner voices often) “interprets moral standards and value systems in an authoritarian manner, in the form of “shoulds” that lead to harsh criticism and self-recrimination.” ~ Robert W Firestone Ph.D.

When there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm.

MATT SAFFAN

It’s How We Heal

Joe Rogan and Wim Hof on Overcoming Depression, Anxiety and PTSD

I’ve always had anxiety. To calm it down, I used to get wasted or spend money trying to cover it up with something else. Seven months ago, I went sober and am learning how to listen compassionately to my inner anxious voices. What I’ve learned is that it’s always about shame or fear. What I’m learning is that I can face those fears and resolve them instead of trying to sweep them away.

The parts of myself that emerged when I was drunk were parts I loved but was scared to show. Now, I’m learning to love my whole self, all the time. I never thought I had a substance abuse problem, but recovering is transforming my life.

Love all the parts of you. They deserve it. It’s how we heal.

CANDACE

Brick By Brick

Be the hero of your own movie.” Joe Rogan

Brick by brick, stone by stone, you are the person who builds the person you will be. Look ahead and build with intention. Mistakes can be corrected. Loss enshrined or built over, depending on what you need and who you need to be. Build of yourself a garden, a monolith or a simple shack by the edge of the shore, but do it by choosing.

No one else can be your architect.

No one else can see the shape of you with the clarity you can.

All things come from choice.

JI

The Pillars

“The moment we try to compare ourselves to other people instead of comparing our own actions to our own highest values, we end up self-depreciative.” Dr. John Demartini

Accepting who you are, being authentic and finding joy in the now are the pillars that support unlocking one’s potential. It not only allows you to accept & love yourself, it allows others to as well. When you break down those barriers you will find peace, happiness & fulfillment.

Getting to this place is not easy but it is not hard. It requires practice, focus and vulnerability. The reward is great at the end. I hope everyone gets to this place.

TM