What would it be like to be able to look inside ourselves and value what we find there?
To feel connected to our thoughts and feelings, to appreciate the meanings they hold for us, and to trust the choices we make based on these inner resources?
It might feel like coming home—coming home to ourselves . . .
Like any home in which we’d love to live, our inner home—our Self—can be a source of comfort, security, and deep satisfaction. And it is, when it’s a space where we recognize and respect our needs and we cultivate our healthy intentions.
As “life happens,” though, our attunement to our needs and intentions sometimes becomes distorted or derailed, causing us to lose our confidence and our sense of direction. In this state of disconnection from ourselves, all manner of symptoms and difficulties can arise as we try to live without sufficient access to our own inner compass and safe haven. We may feel that we are lost.
Therapy is a process of returning home. Whatever has caused us to mistrust ourselves– to believe and to experience that our inner resources cannot support us–needs to be understood, healed, and renewed. Just like planted seeds, we possess everything we need to thrive, but we have to supply the right conditions and nourishment to support our growth.
Is this process challenging? Absolutely. Will being in therapy ensure that life will never again cause us to feel anger, sadness, or pain? Not surprisingly, no. But having the self-connection skills that enable us to be truly at home within ourselves allows us to meet these challenges without the chronic emotional distress that comes with being out of touch with or afraid of ourselves.
I invite you to embark on this journey and reclaim the wisdom and safety inside of yourself . . . .