Owning Our Dark Sides - World of Psychology

panatmansam:

All of us have a dark side. This dark side includes qualities we don’t dare reveal to others. It’s the traits we are ashamed of and embarrassed about. It’s the traits others have rejected. It’s the traits we believe deem us undeserving or unworthy of love.

You may be judgmental, weak, angry, lazy, selfish or controlling. You may hate this about yourself. Or you might’ve buried these traits so deep you don’t even realize they exist.

But embracing these negative qualities actually opens the door to happiness, fulfillment and “true enlightenment,” according to Debbie Ford in her book The Dark Side of the Light Chasers.

Our dark sides are part of who we truly are. By uncovering and embracing our shadow side, we become whole.

"Feeling unsure and lost is part of your path. Don’t avoid it. See what those feelings are showing you and use it. Take a breath. You’ll be okay. Even if you don’t feel okay all the time."
- Louis C.K. (via elige)

(Source: psych-facts, via crimson-twinkie)

You Don’t Have to Believe Your Thoughts

For many years, I was an expert at making myself miserable by taking a neutral thought, turning it into a stressful one, and then spinning that stressful thought into an even more stressful story—one with little or no basis in reality.

In my new book, How to Wake Up, I call this tendency “storytelling dukkha” (dukkha being the word that the Buddha used to describe suffering, stress, and often, just plain unhappiness).

To illustrate my expertise at this, here are two neutral, fact-based thoughts:

“A friend is coming over today.”

“I have an appointment with a new doctor next week.”

Each of these thoughts states a fact, free of emotional content. But then, driven by worry and anxiety over my health, I’d turn them into stressful thoughts:

“My friend’s visit won’t go well.”

“The doctor’s appointment will be a disaster.”

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(Source: panatmansam)

sacredfemininegypsyheart:

You’ve been taught not to trust yourself. By thinking you are the Thinker you dismiss what you feel~and there is the problem because you are the Feeler. Every time you trust what you feel over what your mind is telling you~your Soul gets a little bigger and your Ego gets a bit smaller. Keep doing this ~One day your Soul will take over and your Ego will be it’s servant. Know that you are Loved and that Peace is your birthright. May you know the glory of your own Soul~

lovely-little-lotus:

mooney-princess:

I was sitting on a picnic table in a wine grape orchard talking to my darling about life when I noticed this perfect om sign growing on one of the vines. I still can’t fully believe my eyes looking at this picture. It was such a beautiful sight to see, the universe is a trickster! 

This is so fucking cool

lovely-little-lotus:

mooney-princess:

I was sitting on a picnic table in a wine grape orchard talking to my darling about life when I noticed this perfect om sign growing on one of the vines. I still can’t fully believe my eyes looking at this picture. It was such a beautiful sight to see, the universe is a trickster! 

This is so fucking cool

(via earthlyspirit)

"To concern ourselves with dreams is a way of reflecting on ourselves-a way of self-reflection. It is not our ego-consciousness reflecting on itself; rather, it turns its attention to the objective actuality of the dream as a communication or message from the unconscious, unitary soul of humanity. It reflects not on the ego but on the self; it recollects that strange self, alien to the ego, which was ours from the beginning, the trunk from which the ego grew. It is alien to us because we have estranged ourselves from it through the aberrations of the conscious mind."
-  Carl Jung (via lazylucid)

(via astranemus)

"Have you ever thought that maybe, just maybe you deserve something more? But then again you think maybe you’re asking for too much?"
- Roses For Rei (via rosesforrei)

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