A recurring practice in Conscious Living is accepting who you are. Not who you want to be, not who you should be, and not who you used to be, but the person who exists at this moment, the individual in the mirror.

That mirror self has personal problems, shame, anger, and physical flaws. Facing that person isn’t easy, but a commitment to living authentically and in the present requires it.

We don’t want wallow in our flaws, but embrace them as reality. Before we can let go of bad habits and negative thinking, we must first acknowledge they exist and love and care for ourselves despite them.

What does this have to do with writing? 

Is there something about your writing or creative practice that makes you feel discomfort? Do you struggle with imposter syndrome or with a specific writing skill? Is there a topic that makes you feel uncomfortable? The topic might be something as complicated as trauma, as personal as sex, or as universal as family dynamics.

Take some time to contemplate this concept and what causes you to feel discomfort. Embrace it and whatever you feel around it.

This is who you are and where you are in your creative journey. You don’t have to solve your issues today. It’s enough to stand at square one and recognize that this is where you start.