Can we cultivate inner safety and let go of insecurity and anxiety?
Is it possible to nurture well-being from within?
In this fast-paced, unpredictable world, we often have a deep longing for inner safety. It’s a yearning for a sense of security, a refuge where we can retreat from the chaotic external forces that threaten our equilibrium. The fear and anxiety that arise when we feel unsafe, whether real or perceived, can have profound effects on our well-being. This quest for inner safety can trace back to our earliest existence, even before conception.
Creating safety for ourselves is an essential journey, but it doesn’t have to involve locking ourselves up and isolating ourselves from the world. True inner safety begins by turning inward, diving into the depths of our being, and reconnecting with our essence.
Finding inner safety has been a profound personal experience for me and one I have been intensely aware of as far back as my memory allows me to remember.
It starts with panic and anxiety becoming overwhelming. I have learned through self-care practices to acknowledge my fears and anxieties, recognize their origin, and embrace them and myself with compassion. Rather than suppressing or avoiding these feelings, I greet them with openness, giving them space to be heard. I need to say at this point that I never felt safe anywhere until I understood that sitting with the discomfort of safety was an opportunity to release the pain and trauma from within. In the need to be transparent, I still feel unsafe until I acknowledge the feeling and anxiety it brings, and then I can meet it consciously. This affords me the gift of learning to grow as I connect deeper within myself and find the safety within my being. It’s a little difficult to describe. In my experience, the feeling of safety is being whole within myself as opposed to being scattered and fragmented. The gift of understanding and knowing that I can work through the lack of safety I feel, and that it is not self-destructive or leading to sinking myself into a bottle of alcohol, pills, or any other obsessive, addictive behaviours I drove myself to indulge in.
I engage in self-care practices that nourish my mind, body, and soul to foster inner safety. I prioritize regular exercise in nature and practices to nurture my soul, healthy eating habits or noticing kindly when I am not eating healthily. Getting sufficient rest is primary for me. I have developed a practice that allows me to understand that a deep connection to myself as a foundation enhances my overall resilience and effectiveness in my world. I explore mindfulness and meditation, allowing myself to remind myself to be fully present and attuned to the present moment as often as I notice the distraction.
In cultivating inner safety, I seek supportive relationships and communities that foster a sense of belonging. Opening to trusted friends or seeking professional guidance can and has provided invaluable support and perspective.
Moreover, I’ve discovered the power of self-compassion. Rather than being harsh or critical of myself, I offer kindness, understanding, and forgiveness. Embracing imperfections and accepting myself as I am enables me to navigate the challenges of life with greater ease.
Creating inner safety is an ongoing process, requiring continuous self-reflection and adjustment. It’s about building a solid internal foundation from which we can navigate the external world with greater resilience and confidence.
Let us remember that we all deserve to feel safe, and by nurturing our well-being from within rather than from the outside, we can cultivate a profound sense of inner safety that permeates every aspect of our lives. Please reach out if it helps you to embark on the journey of embracing your vulnerabilities and discovering the strength within them, learn to grow from that and acknowledging that the vulnerabilities that lie within each of us can create huge confusion and disharmony in our lives and relationships.
From my heart to yours
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