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"For an impenetrable shield, stand inside yourself."
- Henry David Thoreau
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about the boundaries or "fences" we build over time around the life we choose to live every day. These fences protect us from fear, pain, discomfort or anything we want to avoid. We all have some kind of shield in front of us. It's okay to have these shields because it's natural to want to protect ourselves, but I think it's important to recognize they exist. Are there things you don't talk about, places you won't go back to, situations you avoid on a daily basis, experiences you are afraid to try (...right?).
If you pause for a moment and think...notice what you are avoiding. Shielding ourselves is a form of protection. Protection against pain, discomfort or simply...the unknown. Of course we need to shield ourselves from what we know is not good for us, or anything unhealthy or destructive.
But sometimes, we go overboard with protecting our-selves....so we can become impenetrable. Impenetrable from even good things, the things that could allow us to flourish, grow and live a more expansive and nourishing life.
In the quote above, I interpret "impenetrable shield"...to mean protection, strength and the power to get out of your own way. The quote speaks to re-evaluating where we have said "no" in life, and to re-consider exploring who we are at our core.
What excites you? What do you crave? Acknowledging these questions is a way of "standing inside yourself", and this process will naturally tear down walls that only confine you.What needs to happen for you to "stand inside yourself"?
What will happen if we start to live from the inside-out?
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