A New Year's Revolution: Loving Ourselves Just as We Are

Happy New Year!

My wish for 2018 is to accept and love the strange places in myself. I send this wish to all of you as well. I wish you love and acceptance in even the strangest of places in yourselves. It is the beauty of being human, that we all have these gems of strangeness.

Dear friends.

I’ve been asked to write for this newsletter and I am sorting my way through my reactions. First up is the one that says, “I/you don’t have anything to say.” The “you” is interesting isn’t it? Whose voice is that if not my own? A sense of panic comes up, a desire to do something-- anything else. All of which my reasoning mind finds ridiculous. Wow, this exercise suddenly has my full interest.

You see, I’m a complicated human. I have wisdom that I disown. I have vulnerabilities that I fear. I long to be seen and heard, and also to hide in a safe dark place where no one can see or hear me. And this is just the tip of the iceberg!

And, it’s all okay. I actually mean that. If I can pass on one thing I know to be true, it’s that it’s okay to be who we are, warts and all. Our so-called warts, the places in ourselves that we think are strange or unacceptable, are often the places where we can most effectively embrace ourselves. Where we can learn more about ourselves and the mysteries that we carry.

I don’t know anyone who is free of contradictions and complexities. Rather than pushing them aside, what would it be like to look, feel, and explore these places in ourselves? Challenging, yes, and yet I feel a tender space opening in myself. A place yearning for acceptance and understanding. A place yearning for love. Can I give this to myself?

Sometimes we need support to explore these places in ourselves. The Ripple Foundation is offering a Inward Bound this month, which provides support and a safe environment to look at ourselves and our reactions to others. It is structured to help each of us explore the places in ourselves that we may not know well.

Let’s adventure together.

With love,

Deb Pobst

The Ripple Foundation

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