Loneliness. Fear. Self-doubt. Self-criticism. Self-judgement. These feelings lie at the center of the shadowy mask of many women today--even women who seem to have it all. Regardless of how successful we may seem to others or how much we've achieved in our lives, we're often our worst enemy, our most harsh critic.
We might catch a glimpse of ourselves in a mirror and think, "I look old and tired. I look fat." Or we lose a job through no fault of our own and tell ourselves, "I'm a failure. I can't do anything right." Perhaps our marriage ends, or we yell at our children, and we tell ourselves, "I'm a terrible person. I don't deserve to be loved."
That's why emotional healing is so powerful and important. Personal growth cannot happen without it. Until we untangle the web of hurtful and damaging emotions that prevent us from seeing our true selves, we will continue to put ourselves down and believe that something is wrong with us. And that belief will stop us from achieving our full brilliance or be aware of our true value as a unique, beautiful, and worthwhile person.
As we begin to heal, we take steps toward understanding our emotions and how to manage them, to become whole and accept our magnificence and potential.