1. Not following your own inner guidance
How many times do you get a gut feeling or intuitive guidance about something but ignore it? Or a week after the event you go “damn I knew that would happen”.
And at the same time you feel other people don’t listen to you, or take you seriously enough, or really value your input. Yet there you are not listening to your own higher wisdom and guidance.
2. Noticing the same patterns happening again and again.
In your relationships do you notice the same patterns of behaviour playing out over and over. The patterns may be with the same people, or they may be with different people and in different circumstances but essentially, if you stand back and take a look at what is happening below the surface, you can see the same underlying dynamic playing out again and again.
Are these patterns that you are noticing patterns of rejection or patterns of abandonment, patterns of neglect, patterns of invisibility, or patterns of not honouring yourself? If so, then the chances are that at a deeper level you’re not honouring yourself.
3. Failing to support and encourage yourself
What’s your relationship with yourself like? A good place to start when considering this questions is to look at just how much time do you take out of your busy life to take care of yourself? Do you take the time to encourage yourself and nurture yourself? Are you compassionate with yourself when you’re struggling, when you’re fearful, tired or exhausted? Do you say to yourself “Ok this is tricky, how about I give myself some time out and make myself a cup of tea”. Or “This one is tricky, how about I just give it one more go, this time coming from a completely different angle?
Unconditional support and encouragement of ourselves regardless of what is happening, or how difficult the circumstances we find ourselves in, is very different to saying things to ourselves like: “I need to surge through this”. Or “I need to push past these obstacles”. Or even worse making harsh judgments about ourselves, our abilities and our worthiness.
You see if you’re walking away from yourself and neglecting your own needs, you are failing to nourish and honour aspects of yourself. And if there is a denial of any aspects of yourself it manifests in your life as a distortion, a failing or a flaw, or as an Achilles heel. It is this neglect and negating of yourself that is silently killing your capacity to grow, expand and evolve.
To be full, complete and empowered human beings we need to embrace all aspects of ourselves. As we do this work we begin the process of awakening our minds and opening our hearts to expand how we see ourselves and the world and what is possible. And this is what the work of empowering and awakening to our true selves and our potential is all about
Maureen Owen - Coach, facilitator, yogi, intrepid traveller and seeker of wisdom. Maureen facilitates the Invitation and Illumination Course and the Empower and Awaken Course.
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