Beauty in our Shadows

Posted by Dr. Patrice Smith

"I hate my thighs," "I wish I had bigger boobs" We all have our "trouble" parts, the parts we don't like so much. Many of us secretly wish they weren't the way they are -  we wish they were not there,  we wish they were different, we wish we could do something about them.

 Why don't we love these parts? why do we reject them?

There is beauty in those "trouble" parts - beauty in what we call imperfections. It is what makes us unique. These parts are longing for love and acceptance. Until we give them this, they will continue to assert themselves, they will continue to get our attention.

Take time to love  yourself, all of you. Take a few moments, look in the mirror and open to the parts of yourself that you don't like so much. See each part honestly, and for what it is. Explore the wounds and the motives that gave rise to its condition. Love a wounded part of yourself and it will heal.

"The first step toward change is acceptance. Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change. That's all you have to do. Change is not something you do, it's something you allow." (Unknown)


  1. Matty said...

    We are always our own worst critics. We tend to see the shortcomings in ourselves that others might not notice. We need to accept ourselves as we are, as others do.

  2. Dr. Patrice Smith said...

    That's very true Matty. What we notice about ourselves usually go un-noticed by others. And if they don't why should it matter?
    All these "flaws" make you who you are.

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