*The shadow focuses on the dark side of our personality, but it can also be a part of ourselves that society views as unacceptable. As a result, we are programmed to “not go there.” Thus, the shadow is often a part of ourselves that lies unexposed, as we try to protect our image in the world. 

    * Acknowledging and being aware of our shadow side is important, but being overwhelmed by that side of us can be exhausting and unhealthy for our overall well-being. In other words, knowing the shadow aspects of our thoughts and behaviors can cause disharmony, and sometimes, but not always, this disharmony can be the seed or trigger for transformation. 

    * Before deciding to do any shadow work, it’s a good idea to prepare yourself by bringing yourself to a calm state, so that you can tap into your psyche and feel more alert and aware. This can be accomplished with any ritual of your choice. Some options include breathing exercises, going for a walk, doing yoga, meditating, having a cup of tea, or lighting a candle. 

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