“A true life passage is not an opportunity to happily and easily rid yourself of unpleasant traits, roles or relationships. A recognition of what is really dying should evoke some grief whether or not it also evokes relief. What transition(s) are you going through? How do you feel about these shifts? What in you is getting ready to be born?” ~ Soulcraft by Bill Plotkin (Animas Valley Institute)
Without being friends with your own self, there’s no way to survive big transitions. There may be times when you won’t find responses outside; we are used to numb our emotions with addictions, stuff, noise, people, dogmas…
In difficult moments, the only place we may be able to find some peace and strength is within ourselves. In times of joy, having a place to relax may allow us to recharge and cherish the sacred in life and give thanks.
True resilience starts when you find your own strength. After many decades (if not centuries) of running away from our souls, it may be time to reconnect and build our own “internal bunkers”: a place where we can feel safe, grounded and welcomed when all around falls apart, or when things just become overwhelming.
This week’s exercise is about building an inner bunker and reconnecting with your own Self.
(Adapted with changes from “Navigating the coming chaos: a handbook for inner transition” by Carolyn Baker)