a journey starts with gentle steps
"A journey of a thousand miles starts with just one step" - Unknown
That's a sobering thought - knowing that to achieve our dreams, our goals or desires, we initially just have to take one step..... That first step.... Which initially may be "just to be willing".......
Willing to make a change ~ willing to leave your comfort zone and be willing to take that first step onto your journey of self discovery irrespective of where your starting point is or how big that hill currently looks to you....
All it takes is small gentle steps..... Just to be willing to try.
Everyone deserves inner freedom and peace!
The journey to achieve this can be one of true courage and bravery as we step into our vulnerabilities, find the strength to embrace and befriend our fears and self limiting beliefs.... These same fears and limitations that have kept us so "safe" for so long. They are often our teachers and guides of life.
Change always starts from within. As we look inside of ourselves, listen to the whispers from our hearts, body and souls, we will be able to gently weed out all the bits that now feel safe to let go of, bit by bit and in gentle steps.
As we continue on this life journey, owning and releasing old stories and as we start to stand in our truth and our good; we can begin to recognise our self worth, confidence and inner power. With this remeberence of who we are, we will be able to open our heart more fully, experience our inner freedom and start to really feel alive.
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Welcome to a little about me - Maria
So much has evolved for me, especially over the last 10 years or so. Its truly has been a journey of having to discovery myself to set myself free.
To start from where I came from, as a child, I was a perfectionist with no confidence. I spent my time trying to please and gain approval from everyone around me. I would say Yes to everything if I thought that was the answer required, simply so I didn't upset and maybe, just maybe I could be accepted.
I spent much time feeling alone, feeling not good enough and analysing things to such level that I almost always felt I had failed. No surprises.... when I felt that I had failed I would feel deeply ashamed of myself ! This shame and self blame would drive me to try harder to please, to be perfect .. to be accepted.
Then the fears would kick in, so I would take myself away... hide... become invisible.... because if I was too visible then maybe everyone would see all my flaws and this would confirm that I was not enough on so many levels... this would confirm that I couldn't be accepted.
I guess my journey of change started at the approx age of 13, although I was not aware of this at the time.
I was given the space to start learning about me, to no longer be able to hide in shadows of my siblings and begin to develop my own character.
For the next ten years and more, I had the most incredible teacher and mentor who gently led me through a personal journey of self discovery. She taught me a lot of the philosophies that I have been re introduced to and reminded of again in recent years. The biggest part of this was to get to know myself. I had no idea at that early age that this would come back to me so vividly later on.
Years later, it has been like completing a full circle. As I have been brought back to this same journey, remembering the words as I re hear them, but yet feel like I am hearing them for the first time.... learning and discovering on a much deeper level of understanding as my life journey has given me the experiences to do so.
.... and now after a few decades of my own intensive journey, learning, discovering and more learning and then learning even more..... it's my time to hold out my hand to gently support others on their journey. My journey doesn't stop, it continues and I continue learning.. every class, every coaching session, everywhere and everything that I do. I continue to attend courses that enrich my life and my work, read books, listen to podcasts, journal, meditate and practice my practices. The journeys that I get to share as a teacher/facilitator - individual sessions, community classes, programs and retreats; enable me to spend time and learn from the insights and wisdoms from each of you - This role I consider a complete privilege.
Remember change really does start from the inside and the 3 P's.... Practice, Persistence and Patience.
So how do we do this.....
well It's about finding out who you really are and accepting and approving of yourself as well as being willing to learn to love yourself.
By learning to love and accept ourselves, we can recognise our good, which in turn can raise our self believe, self esteem and self worth. When we feel good about who we are.... then we are able to step out in our own power and be completely authentic and true to ourselves.
Living in this honesty creates a peace and inner freedom that we all deserve.
To start just takes one step.....
In the words of Karen Drucker " we will only go as fast as the slowest part of you feels safe to do so"
Self discovery and inner work is a lifetime journey and there are some parts of this that will feel relatively easy - there are others that will not. Fears, vulnerabilities, doubts, limiting thoughts will all play apart of this journey.... but thats ok.
Being accepting, gentle, kind and compassionate with ourselves is the only way to truly make our changes.
We are all unique and perfect me's right now! We are where we need to be .....perfectly imperfect and yet, we can still want to evolve, make changes and grow.