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Embracing You

Growing up with all forms of abuse,

How much of your life have you had

Depression, anxiety, insecurity,

Fear of abandonment,

Difficulty trusting you and others

And all kinds of fears along with it?

How much of your life

Have you bought that

You were fucked up

You were messed up

You were bothering others

You were wasting their time

You were a burden to them

You were needy

You were too much

You were the insane one

You were this

You were that,

Basically, there was something

Innately wrong with you?

How much of your life

Have you thought, felt and believed

You must be perfect at all costs

You must be well-behaved

You must not have anxiety

You must not have fears

You must not make mistakes

You must not feel anything at all

You must not say anything at all

Just shrink and disappear into nothing

To please everybody else

In order to be loved and accepted?

Does it all feel heavy for you?

You are lightness and expansion

Whatever feels lighter is true for you

Whatever feels heavier is a lie for you

Always

It is ok to feel anxious

It is ok to feel insecure

It is ok to feel fears

It is ok to have doubts

It is ok to fuck up

It is ok to have flaws

It is ok to feel however you feel

It is ok to think whatever you think

It is ok to express them all out loud

It is ok to speak whatever you need

You deserve to be treated with kindness

All you need is a safe space for you

All you need is those who can

Hold space for you

Without making you wrong

For any of it

And it starts with you

Because you allow you to be,

With imperfections and all,

You will allow you to speak

Nobody can shut you up

Nobody can shut you out

Nobody can dismiss you

Without your permission,

Your voice matters

Your feelings matter

Your thoughts matter, and

You will know who is capable

Of listening and holding space for you

So everywhere you bought

All the lies from all those who taught you

You must have no imperfections

You must be a saint

You must not be too much

You must be silent

You must not be this or that

You must not do this or that

You must be all shiny and perfect

Without a voice

In order to be loved and accepted

As real, true and yours when it’s not,

Everything that is,

Will you please uncreate, delete,

Destroy and return it all to them please?

What if with and for all the imperfections,

You are brave and courageous

For being willing to be

Open and honest with you

For being willing to embrace

All parts of you,

For being willing to acknowledge

This is where you are

This is what you got

You do something about it

You take it into your own hands

You go deep with you in order to

Reclaim the truth of who you are?

What if with and for all the imperfections,

You are born capable of being

The vastness of a safe space

For you and those who need you?

What if with and for all the imperfections,

Your heart is born enormous and loving

Beyond measure?

What if with and for all the imperfections,

You are born extraordinary

Exactly the way you are?

What if with and for all the imperfections,

You are the reservoir of

Infinite wisdom and depth

That you are born to be?

What if with and for all the imperfections,

You are perfectly beautiful

Exactly the way you are?

What if with and for all the imperfections,

You are absolutely brilliant and magnificent

As you are right now?

What if with and for all the imperfections,

There is nothing wrong with you

There is nothing too much about you

There is nothing horrible about you,

You are allowed to express yourself

Freely and unapologetically

Because nobody is perfect

That is exactly your beauty and perfection

Your strength and greatness

For acknowledging and embracing

All of YOU

You got this. One step at a time.

- Phuong


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