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Are you drawn to the term “Shadow Work®,” but realize that you don’t really understand what it means or how it would be relevant to you?
I brought home a shelter dog, Tara, in early January. She has been blessing and challenging me in powerful ways since then.
Did you know that the human brain is programmed to recognize negative experiences far more than positive ones? Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson, PhD writes that a positive experience needs to be held in awareness for 5-20 seconds in order to register in our emotional memory while a negative experience registers instantly.
“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.”
“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.”
“Radical Acceptance is the willingness to experience ourselves and our lives as they are.”
“Imperfection is not our personal problem—it is a natural part of existing.”
“The boundary to what we can accept is the boundary to our freedom.”
“On this sacred path of Radical Acceptance, rather than striving for perfection, we discover how to love ourselves into wholeness.”
“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”