There Is More To You Than You Think

“If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you as a human being, no humility, no compassion”  

– Eckhart Tolle

The person you look at in the mirror may not be the person you think he or she is. Most of our self-awareness comes from our perceptions of how we think we appear to others. Just how accurate our thoughts about ourselves are, is usually dependent on our life circumstances and the people and events that have shaped our perceptions.

Some people have achieved a sense of acceptance of whom they are and where they fit into the world. For many people however, the public image they portray to others may not be a true reflection of their feelings.

Self-talk convinces many people that there is nothing good in them or their lives. This creates tension and sadness that can manifest itself in destructive ways. It can affect relationships and health if not countered.

How do people develop negative feelings towards themselves?

Often, they are the result of events where someone we love, or trust say or do things that make us feel bad about ourselves. It begins to affect the way we think and feel about ourselves and how we appear to others.

 Escaping the negative feelings means learning to love the unique person we are. It also means learning to allow others into our lives again without the fear of hurt or rejection. We can do this alone by consciously rejecting the inner voice and countering it with a reminder of all the blessings and successes in our life.

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3 thoughts on “There Is More To You Than You Think

  1. agoodlittlegirl says:

    Born to parents who did not want me, married to the first boy who showed any interest, divorced and married for a second time to a dangerous abuser, is it any wonder my self-esteem was non-existent? But, change occurred, blessing finally came my way, and I’ve arrived to a better place, one where I know I’m worthy of good things, where I can speak my mind. Good post.

  2. rolandlegge says:

    Hi Sylvia, I continue to appreciate your blog. Learning to accept ourselves as we are is important and challenging. You remind me of the learnings I have received through a course I took on the Inner Critic through the Enneagram Institute. I like to say we need to befriend our Inner Critic so we learn the difference in tone of voice between that of our inner wisdom and the negativity of the Inner Critic. Once we can identify that harsh voice we have a choice as to whether we choose to pay attention to it. Blessings on your weekend. Thank you Roland Legge

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