What do you feel when I say,
‘Challenge the dominant narrative.’
Does this put you in a defensive energy? Are you curious? Are you willing to approach this with a beginner’s mind and an open heart?
Perhaps a better way of putting it is, ‘Challenge the dominant narrative that you impose upon yourself before you challenge others.’ If something or someone triggers you, there is a dominant narrative at play. It is a narrative you have been spinning for some time and it asserts itself easily when you allow your emotions to consume you.
I know this because I have experienced it. It is a ferocious and consumptive energy that makes you gasp for air as you identify and grasp the absurdity of it.
It is an old story – nothing new.
When it appears, you will know that there is still some healing work to do.
Be gentle with yourself.
Whatever the dominant narrative is for you, invite it to reveal itself to you completely. Then, lovingly embrace it with self-compassion and self-care. Breathe. Relax. Be grateful. Know that this is the time you can release it with ease and know also that it will, at some time, reassert itself in a different form if it gets the opportunity.
Challenge the dominant narrative and do it through the lens of love!