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Re-contextualizing, with Elizabeth Hagenlocher

Take a moment to reflect on the things you believe about yourself.

What comes up for you?

There's a good chance that you have some qualities and traits that you love and appreciate about yourself, and some that you don't. You may even think there are some traits you don't express AT ALL.

Now, let's work on re-contextualizing those beliefs.

This approach requires you to pull all of your self-knowledge out of its current context so that you can really see it for what it is. That means separating your characteristics from yourself, and from the context of society, and looking at them plainly.

When you do this, I'm willing to bet that you can pull a lot more GOOD from your own qualities than when you take them so personally.

Take vulnerability. Might your vulnerability, for example, be an expression of strength in a certain context? Might your compassion be an expression of beauty? Even if strength and beauty were never words you would apply to yourself before.

Re-contextualizing your own beliefs about yourself can be a powerful tool that turns your weaknesses into strengths! And if you have trouble with it, try re-contextualizing yourself as an expression of Divine God.

To hear more about this, tune into my conversation with Elizabeth Hagenlocher, who shares how she learned to re-contextualize her own qualities.


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