While there seems to be a great awakening of the importance of health when it comes to the mind and emotions, wellness in these areas can go on a slippery slope of becoming mere hashtags and part of personal branding in pop culture. It is refreshing to witness breakthrough in personal development and yet, what many may not recognize is that finding where healing has to take place is the beginning of a wonderful journey of progress (it’s not the destination itself). Major goals of self-awareness include discovery, acceptance, and actual healing.
Discovery. So many are functional worry-aholics, over-thinkers, and the like. We may find ourselves with the ability to function in everyday activities, while enduring and masking internal turmoil. The space of discovery, whether in multiple or particular areas, is the start to learning why you feel and think the way you do. Enlightenment here, has the ability to uncover roots or reasons for a specific mindset and emotional dispositions. To discover a thing is to expose, uncover, and reveal it. It is to lay open to view. Discovery can be looked at as removing a band aid on an inner-affliction that requires greater attention. Finding triggers/prompts is not for the sake of staying there. A band aid can be an obstacle to addressing a deeper issue. Some may be led to believe that covering up pain makes it go away but in all actuality, it’s healing that brings restoration; and that starts with exposing where it hurts.
Acceptance. A greater part of exposing hurt or the necessity of change is acceptance. Acceptance doesn’t make transgressions okay; it does not dismiss an offense, or make you less of a person. Acceptance is actually a sign of strength and reveals the readiness to heal. It is quite difficult to address what isn’t acknowledged. Acceptance is saying: I see the issue and I desire wholeness. Acknowledging worry, doubt, or fear grants the opportunity to discover a “cure”. It can unlock the door to the missing link or extra baggage that needs to be added or removed.
Healing. To heal is to restore to sound health. It is to make whole and well. Just as this applies to our physical bodies, it also goes right along with our mind and emotions. Trauma has nonphysical components; and it is not necessarily based on what happens, but how what happens is processed by the individual exposed to the event itself. This is why two people can experience the same event and come to two very different conclusions mentally and emotionally.
Healing looks different based on each situation yet it often includes a sense of closure, forgiveness, and a deeper knowing that we are more than the experiences we face. On your quest of self-awareness recognize that healing and growth go hand and hand; they are at the heart of your personal evolution.
Consider what personal development and self-awareness mean to you and note what comes to mind and your emotions.
Then, ask the following:
How much time and attention do I invest in getting to know myself when it comes to:
Mindset (how I think)
Core values (what I hold as valuable)
Core beliefs (what I hold as truth)
Emotional disposition (my baseline emotional posture)
Am I open to self-discovery? Why/why not?
Do I desire change/healing in my mind and emotions?
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.