“Leaning In” was a phrase she had heard before, more than once for sure. Along with ~ “Move Into The Pain”, “Sit With The Pain”, “Look At The Shadows”.
Perhaps what she had missed was that none of the above meant ~ quickly peak at the ugliness, glance over it briefly, and then skip quickly to the practice of positive thinking and looking for beauty.
Its not that he had never sat a little longer with her pain and demons but I don’t think she realized she would have to sit and look closely, pay attention, let it resonate and pierce her body, change her mind and engulf her soul.
And learn to love it? Love the shadows? Embrace the pain and self hatred that was in all of us?
It wasn’t pretty – “Leaning In” but she realized it was necessary if she was going to truly love herself and love others. She had to do it ~ there was no other way to the other side.