You Are Enough, Find Your Peace

You Are Enough, Find Your Peace

Acknowledging the beauty within yourself.
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You are enough. With every curve and every crevice of your skin. You are enough, with every lash out and moment of despair. You are enough, with every ounce of love, hurt, anger and confusion that remains well within you. You are enough.

You are enough, with every hair on your body and every freckle that you carry. You are enough, with every moment of laughter you share alone and with others. You are enough, just as you are. You are the sun that rises in the east and sets in the west, eager to begin again anew. You are the gold she exhibits through her rays of empathy, bringing about peace, love, warmth and ease. What you see in her, in the rays of her goldenness is what you may also see within yourself; for what is outside of us is also well within.

“How may I come to believe this?” You might ask. "How may I step into this new perception of myself?"

If you wish to begin anew, know that you may soothe your sorrows. If you wish to begin anew and heal feelings of unworthiness, you may do so! The moment to begin is now my dear love. You don't have to wait until tomorrow or the next day or the day after that or the year after that. You don't have to move to a brand new city to feel better or to start living your dreams. You can begin right here, right now. And it starts with acknowledging the beauty in which you are, the love in which you are. Knowing and believing that she’s there, that she exists.

It begins by aligning with who you know yourself to truly be.

And if you’re unaware of who she might be, it begins with exploration. Probe the depths of who you are by exploring what suits you or what brings you at ease. Perhaps you enjoy painting or drawing. Perhaps you love to sing, dance, or write. Perhaps you enjoy telling the stories of others through video or audio recordings. Perhaps you love to read and enlighten yourself with the tales of others. Perhaps you enjoy walks in nature or moments with the sun. Perhaps you enjoy exercise or movement. Engage in what it is that makes you smile. Engage in those things that allow the feelings of glee, bliss, and joy to work through you. And then and only then will you come into the energy that founds self-worth.

To feel worthy, to step into that place of enough-ness may take some time. It is a journey that I am currently on myself. It is a moment-by-moment, second by second process to remind myself constantly that I am worthy of feeling good. It begins with a concept that I learned from the beautiful Abraham Hicks: “You’ve got to care about how you feel.” Because you see, once you do, the road to success becomes much clearer.

When you care about how you feel, so much so, that you allow yourself to indulge in only the things and thoughts that make you feel good, everything else that is in opposition of that begins to melt away. It is a process that initially takes some effort, in that you must be very mindful of your thinking. But over time, it becomes easier. The process of feeling better, of feeling worthy, becomes a lot more natural and takes less doing. Over time, it becomes less of a process and instead a state of being.

When a thought comes up that says: “I’m not worthy” or “I’m not enough” or “I can’t do that.” I simply take in a deep breath and allow myself to concentrate on a thought or on a feeling that feels a bit better. I shift my attention to things that make me smile, like a video of a puppy, or the sweet text I received from my friend a few days ago, or the way that I was really interested in today’s class lecture.

Shifting focus is a vital and important step in moving from an unloving space, a difficult space, into a place of bliss and peace.

When you care about how you feel, so much so, that you are willing to be your own cheerleader of sorts, your own encourager, life becomes simpler. It becomes less about doing. Doing to fill a void, to gain approval or validation. It becomes more about being enough, just as you are and bringing that energy with you in every task that you complete, with every person that you meet and with every circumstance that you engage in.

So to those that are struggling to see their own light, if there is anything that I would recommend for you at all, it would be to allow yourself the sweet and simple pleasure of moving towards what feels good to you. Take a few moments to reflect on the wonderful things going on in your life. To reflect on the things that make you smile, genuinely smile. It could be the cute girl that sits behind you in math. The way your professor is so passionate and truly wants to watch you succeed. The way your family periodically checks on you. The way your morning oatmeal was sweetened just enough. The way the stars twinkled and danced in yesterday’s moonlight or the way that the wind ruffled through your hair this morning.

Focus on these beautiful things, the things that bring about awe, inspiration, and happiness. It is in focusing on these things, these things that make us smile, that we may remember and come into the energy of knowing we are enough. Because we are enough, in this moment and every moment hereafter.

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To All The Nurses In The Making

We tell ourselves that one day it'll all pay off, but will it actually?
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I bet you’re taking a break from studying right now just to read this, aren’t you? Either at the library with friends or in your dorm room. Wherever you may be, you never get the chance to put your books down, at least that’s how it feels to most of us. It sucks feeling like you’ve chosen the hardest major in the world, especially when you see other students barely spending any time studying or doing school work. The exclamation “You’re still here!” is an all too frequent expression from fellow students after recognizing that you’ve spent 10-plus hours in the library. At first it didn’t seem so bad and you told yourself, “This isn’t so difficult, I can handle it,” but fast-forward a few months and you’re questioning if this is really what you want to do with your life.

You can’t keep track of the amount of mental breakdowns you’ve had, how much coffee you’ve consumed, or how many times you’ve called your mom to tell her that you’re dropping out. Nursing is no joke. Half the time it makes you want to go back and change your major, and the other half reminds you why you want to do this, and that is what gets you through it. The thing about being a nursing major is that despite all the difficult exams, labs and overwhelming hours of studying you do, you know that someday you might be the reason someone lives, and you can’t give up on that purpose. We all have our own reasons why we chose nursing -- everyone in your family is a nurse, it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, you’re good at it, or like me, you want to give back to what was given to you. Regardless of what your reasoning is, we all take the same classes, deal with the same professors, and we all have our moments.

I’ve found that groups of students in the same nursing program are like a big family who are unconditionally supportive of each other and offer advice when it’s needed the most. We think that every other college student around us has it so easy, but we know that is not necessarily true. Every major can prove difficult; we’re just a little harder on ourselves. Whenever you feel overwhelmed with your school work and you want to give up, give yourself a minute to imagine where you’ll be in five years -- somewhere in a hospital, taking vitals, and explaining to a patient that everything will be OK. Everything will be worth what we are going through to get to that exact moment.

Remember that the stress and worry about not getting at least a B+ on your anatomy exam is just a small blip of time in our journey; the hours and dedication suck, and it’s those moments that weed us out. Even our advisors tell us that it’s not easy, and they remind us to come up with a back-up plan. Well, I say that if you truly want to be a nurse one day, you must put in your dedication and hard work, study your ass off, stay organized, and you WILL become the nurse you’ve always wanted to be. Don’t let someone discourage you when they relent about how hard nursing is. Take it as motivation to show them that yeah, it is hard, but you know what, I made it through.

With everything you do, give 110 percent and never give up on yourself. If nursing is something that you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life, stick with it and remember the lives you will be impacting someday.

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Sorry, Real Life Doesn't Have A "Safe Space" For Your Excuses

Your excuses are invalid. Take responsibility for your actions.

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If I had a penny for every time I heard a college student use a pathetic excuse to get out of something, I would be a millionaire. It seems like every other person I meet these days has zero sense of responsibility in life. They're too sensitive, too unmotivated and just all around lazy. What's up with that?

Something that I don't think a lot of college students realize is that when this is all over, you get thrown out into the real world. You can't email your boss asking for project extensions; they will laugh in your face. You can't use "I have anxiety" as an excuse to get out of doing something. You can't get butthurt every time your boss comes down on your for not doing adequate work. That is life.

Sorry, but real life doesn't have a safe space for you. Your future employer won't baby you and hold your hand every step of the way. You won't be able to call in sick and skip work 3 times a week like you skip class. The real world has expectations and believe it or not, they are WAY more grueling than college.

People will judge you. You will get yelled at by your boss. Hard deadlines will be expected to be met. If you can't deal with it now, good luck to you out there because it only gets harder. I understand that everyone has their own issues in life, but if other people can get past theirs enough to work hard and be successful, your excuse is simply that: an excuse.

Life was never meant to be easy. The whole reason we applied to college was to be challenged and readied for our future careers. I will bet that almost every college student promised themselves they would work harder in college. Giving excuses isn't working harder, it's looking for the easy way out. The easy way might seem better in the short run, but it teaches you nothing and prepares you for nothing. Not to mention, people will get to know you as "that one moron that always has an excuse to not do their work." I don't know about everyone else, but that is the LAST way I would want to be known.

Instead of making an excuse, work harder. Be responsible. Meet deadlines, do your work early, manage your time. It really is simple when you look at it that way. Yeah, life gets stressful. Are you going to be the person who begs for their "safe space" and cries or are you going to get going and do what needs to be done? I know which person I would hire, that's for sure.

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