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—Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation~Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential

 

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I have read other books on this topic which spoke to me... This book, which I got in the Kindle version, pulled it all together for me--the biology, personal values, self identity, the human quest for belonging and intimacy. The book... brought to me great understanding. I wish I had ordered the paper version with the workbook. I ended up going back and ordering it.

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Thursday
Mar122015

Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin

Sounds simple enough. You've been you since you were born. You've not been able to really get away from yourself. In truth, you're with yourself all the time. And yet, sometimes you find it hard to be alone with you. You will find all kinds of distractions--work, the internet, friends, drugs, food, television, casual sexual encounters--you name it. You don't really understand why you avoid you--all you know is that you feel anxious, restless, depressed and have all kinds of self-deprecating thoughts when you are left alone with you. You believe you will find your happiness outside of you, you believe your ability to be powerful depends on things outside of you, you look for validation that you're "okay" from other people, titles, institutions. 
 
So what is it about yourself that you want to avoid, deny or escape? Why is it so umcomfortable for you to be in your own skin?
 
Here are some possibilities...
 
You're scared that the negative feeling and place you're in will never go away.
In truth, what you are feeling and your life's circumstances are transient. They will pass.
 
You believe that the negative thoughts you have about yourself are true.
In truth, most of the negative thoughts you have about yourself are false. And for those that deserve your attention, the longer you wait, the more pain, shame and suffering you will endure.
 
You believe that if you accept things the way they are, you are giving up the fight for something better.
In truth, the sooner you accept what is, the sooner you can relax and be with what is. The sooner you do this, the sooner you can see a way out and take action.
 
You are scared to be alone and feel like something bad will happen.
In truth, if something bad is going to happen, it really won't matter if you're alone or not. You alone have to go through your life and process all that happens. While having supportive friends and family makes life better, they can't do your life for you.
 
You feel lonely by yourself and prefer the comfort and pleasure of companionship.
In truth, this is a normal way to feel from time to time. Rarely is someone alone for long indefinite periods of time. Learning how to tolerate moments of loneliness and enjoying time alone with yourself is a very healthy and adaptive way to move through life.
 
There are most likely other reasons why it's hard for you personally to be comfortable in your own skin. I invite you to share what they are with me and others. In likelihood, you are not alone in this--no pun intended.
 
Take some time to enjoy being with yourself. Learn to get comfortable in your own skin. Be a better friend to yourself and you just might discover something new.
 
Be well,
Julie 

P.S. If you or someone you know wants to feel more comfortable in their own skin, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm here to help. I provide personalized guidance and coaching. And if you want to start right now, go and purchase The Pathway to Love at-home program. You don’t need to wait. You can begin the process today. Take advantage of the opportunity receive the support and guidance you deserve. 

Julie Orlov, psychotherapist, speaker, and author of The Pathway to Love: Create Intimacy and Transform Your Relationships through Self-Discovery

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Thursday
Mar122015

Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin

Sounds simple enough. You've been you since you were born. You've not been able to really get away from yourself. In truth, you're with yourself all the time. And yet, sometimes you find it hard to be alone with you. You will find all kinds of distractions--work, the internet, friends, drugs, food, television, casual sexual encounters--you name it. You don't really understand why you avoid you--all you know is that you feel anxious, restless, depressed and have all kinds of self-deprecating thoughts when you are left alone with you. You believe you will find your happiness outside of you, you believe your ability to be powerful depends on things outside of you, you look for validation that you're "okay" from other people, titles, institutions. 
 
So what is it about yourself that you want to avoid, deny or escape? Why is it so umcomfortable for you to be in your own skin?
 
Here are some possibilities...
 
You're scared that the negative feeling and place you're in will never go away.
In truth, what you are feeling and your life's circumstances are transient. They will pass.
 
You believe that the negative thoughts you have about yourself are true.
In truth, most of the negative thoughts you have about yourself are false. And for those that deserve your attention, the longer you wait, the more pain, shame and suffering you will endure.
 
You believe that if you accept things the way they are, you are giving up the fight for something better.
In truth, the sooner you accept what is, the sooner you can relax and be with what is. The sooner you do this, the sooner you can see a way out and take action.
 
You are scared to be alone and feel like something bad will happen.
In truth, if something bad is going to happen, it really won't matter if you're alone or not. You alone have to go through your life and process all that happens. While having supportive friends and family makes life better, they can't do your life for you.
 
You feel lonely by yourself and prefer the comfort and pleasure of companionship.
In truth, this is a normal way to feel from time to time. Rarely is someone alone for long indefinite periods of time. Learning how to tolerate moments of loneliness and enjoying time alone with yourself is a very healthy and adaptive way to move through life.
 
There are most likely other reasons why it's hard for you personally to be comfortable in your own skin. I invite you to share what they are with me and others. In likelihood, you are not alone in this--no pun intended.
 
Take some time to enjoy being with yourself. Learn to get comfortable in your own skin. Be a better friend to yourself and you just might discover something new.
 
Be well,
Julie