Letting go is different for each of us. For some, curiosity shines a light that instantly dissolves the mistruths and for others, like me, it is a process. As you work through the process, the momentum builds though and at times, transcending the old thoughts can even be instantaneous. As you become curious and as you listen, explore, and reflect, you lay the foundation of a new kind of relationship with yourself. If you are willing to do this inner work, your relationship with yourself will bloom and reveal hidden treasures within you. You will uncover your true identity, your worth, and all the reasons to love yourself inside out. The relationship you have with yourself is the greatest, most impactful relationship you will ever create. It is simultaneously humbling and inspiring and is such important work that no matter when you begin, it will be the perfect time.
We can start building this relationship any way we like. Start where you are. The important thing is to become curious, compassionate, and consistently take baby steps toward learning who you are. Practice embracing and accepting what you uncover. Committing to self-exploration and self-acceptance will naturally bring you into alignment with your true nature, and self-love will bloom. I have spent a great deal of time and energy focused on developing my relationship with myself, and the positive results of this effort are deeply satisfying and enduring. To begin this work, I repeatedly and lovingly practiced self-compassion and patience as I explored and asked questions to better understand myself. Today, this work continues, and I love it! In the beginning, it felt awkward and oftentimes frustrating, but I did not give up. I just leaned into the discomfort and asked myself to show up and be present for the work.