November 28th, 2016
Guest writer for Wake Up World
Toxic emotions are like weeds, that when left unattended, will fester and grow roots, eventually taking over the landscape of our internal garden. They upset the natural healthy balance of our personal ecosystem, causing disruptions, distortions and dis-ease. They influence and shape the way we feel about ourselves, and how we subsequently show up in relationships, which are often really entanglements in disguise.
One of the most toxic emotions that gets seeded in us early in our lives, and proceeds to grow very deep tangled internal roots, is shame. Being layered, complex and tricky, it is the close cousins of fear; and they tend to show up together to spoil your garden.
You can imagine shame as the pesky garden weeds, or dis-eased trees whose roots also become unruly, cracking through the pavement in your neighbors yard; and fear, as the garden pests, the hungry swarm of bugs that come in droves, whose sole intention is to devour your plants, for their own benefit, destroying your garden in the process (doing exactly what they were created to do, but none-the-less causing upheaval and disruption to the landscape of your beautiful garden).
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