“I am dedicated to mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually unpacking my baggage so I can do the work, start the healing process, and walk tall in my light.”
In 2000 Erykah Badu told us “you gone hurt your back dragging all them bags like that.” Maybe it’s easier to pretend that everything is okay, perhaps we are in denial, or maybe we don’t even realize that we’re carrying around baggage. Sustainable change is impossible without understanding our triggers, responses, and unresolved issues. Reading this on the computer is easy, but the process takes commitment, work, time, strength, and vulnerability. Baggage that took years to acquire cannot be unpacked in months. It will take time to undo the layers that were created. This post in no way is meant to portray a daunting process as an easy fix. What comes to the surface can be scary, hurtful, draining or even seem as though it’s destroying you. Keep moving forward. Remember, no mud, no lotus.
Some things that help me while I unpack along the way are:
- Spending more time by myself in mediation or silence
- Being more patient and compassionate with myself. Unearthing anything knocks us off center.
- I surround myself with encouraging things and people. After all, we are all works in progress trying to get through this thing called life.
- I write myself notes of forgiveness.
Lotus Affirmation: This sh** isn’t easy! To uncover years or even generational baggage is a serious undertaking but every step taken brings us more into our light. That light serves as a guide for those who have similar struggles. Your pain and transformation often become someone else’s inspiration. We are reminders that despite it all, anything is possible and the human spirit is triumphant.