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Mindful Monday

Mindful Monday

The Shadow

Do you ever want what’s not good for you? Like a diabetic wants ice cream or chocolate? And, when you indulge, do you feel guilty or worse? I do. I try to have my cake and eat it too. I’m good most of the time. But every once in a while…. 

With ice cream and chocolate, once in a while suffices. But there are other things: attitudes, feelings and desires, where the pull is so great that once in a while seems not enough. Karl Young calls these our Shadow. Things we want, but shouldn’t want.

He’s says that instead of pushing them down, avoiding or denying them we should accept them as part of ourselves, understand, honor and embrace them. Yes! But easier said than done. For me, my Shadow aspects are so strong I fear if I get too close they will swallow me up, like a black hole. Mindfulness helps me embrace my Shadow.

Following Young’s advice, when I become aware of the dark attitudes, feelings and desires, I bless them, stay with them a while then let them go. That helps. I try to have my cake and eat it too.

Discover more about mindfulness as Spirit Tech – Spiritual Technology –  in The New Professionalism: Connecting Science and Spirit http://www.HQPubs.com/spirit-tech-spiritual-technology/

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