Acceptance

Written By Erin Castellino
Erin’s journey to find balance, began like many journeys before hers.

One day, as a multi-disciplinary designer with over 20 years experience creating sensory experiences across the world, she found Yoga.

Then she found Meditation.

And, finally—Stillness.

It was from within this stillness that she was able to separate the noise of life from the truth of her inner voice. And this truth was louder and bigger than any outside noise could ever be. It led her to think profoundly and globally.

To dream big and bold.

To create a company called NOWWON. https://www.nowwonlife.com
Photo By Camila Guerreiro
I'm a photographer currently based in São Paulo, Brasil, but I try to travel as much as I can. I’m a big introvert, so I like to read a lot and have my 3 cats keeping me company. With my work I try to translate the words I cannot write in images, and write poems with photography.
Acceptance

After publishing three pieces on self-acceptance last week, we wanted to explore the topic further by including a writing prompt on the theme in our newsletter. We asked our readers to tell us a story about something that led them to having a greater appreciation for a quality about themselves that they once held in judgement. In response to the prompt, we received this lovely poem by Erin Castellino that we are honored to share on our platform.

I dreamt last night
Of the body I once had
It was a beautiful body
I worked hard for

And then I was stopped
In my tracks by heartbreak and injury
I could no longer ignore the pain inside of that beautiful body
I could not deny it to feel well and whole
So I stopped ignoring my soul
Gave my body a rest
My body wanted to feel all the feelings my soul was crying out for, it wanted to heal
My body started to soften and feel compassion, feel joy, feel healing, and the most challenging has been acceptance

So, I continue to investigate what is holding me back from accepting this body that has so beautifully held space for my soul to arrive and sit in joy
Perhaps it's a practice of not looking back, a practice in being present, a practice of gratitude... every day
And a practice of re-entry into my body mind
Step by step, movement by movement, with radical acceptance in every breath

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