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Being gentle with ourselves....

An important part of our awakening process and spiritual practice is learning to be loving and gentle with ourselves. Through being reconnected to God's divine love, we begin to unwind from the Ego agendas when we rediscover our true nature is love and gentleness. These Ego agendas can include pushing ourselves hard within work and relationship commitments, berating and beating ourselves up when things go wrong, criticising ourselves harshly and ignoring our deepest feelings.

The way we were raised as a child may have had a large impact on our gentleness. If we became upset, scared or showed our emotions we were told to "toughen up" or "get over it". We were encouraged to push ourselves harder through school and to de-sensitise from the problems we experienced and emotions we felt deeply. The gentleness we displayed as a young child or even adult was disregarded and we started to become detached from the powerful qualities of kindness, compassion and gentility.

When I look back at my life before I awoke to the truth of my spiritual and divine nature, I remember the times when I dishonoured myself, de-sensitised from my emotions, ignored my own needs an