Kymberly Keenan Blog


“I gave myself permission to feel and experience all of my emotions. In order to do that, I had to stop being afraid to feel. In order to do that, I taught myself to believe that no matter what I felt or what happened when I felt it, I would be okay.”

Ivanla Van Zant

Permission is acceptance.

Granting myself permission allows me to be who I am right now. It allows me to feel my feelings in the moment. I don’t need to be perfect to give myself permission to be happy. No matter what is going on the moment, I will be okay and all is well.

All is well.

I want to share a personal story with you. My beloved dog, Lucy, was very ill for a long time. I had been fighting my feelings of grief. I had been telling myself that I should not be sad, because I needed to focus on making the most of the time she had left. I was trying to force myself to be happy by rationalizing and it just was not working.

When I gave myself permission to grieve, I felt such a relief wash over me. I was sad, and the tears just flowed. My soul and heart joined me, and relief came. Accepting my grieving for my beloved Lucy, (also known as Prayer Dog), as a normal and appropriate response freed me from struggle. When I was freed from struggling, it opened up my heart, and allowed gratitude and happiness to enter my heart.

Granting yourself permission is very empowering. It allows me to shift my mindset from the struggle from what I “think” I should be “doing” to choosing what is right. Generally, this is ego based thinking which is fear to heart centered thinking which is love.

Whatever you are struggling with in your life, consider giving yourself permission to be who you are today. ¬†Give yourself permission to feel your feelings. Try not to think about what you “should” be doing and just be where you are and go from there. If you are struggling, ask for help. Words of encouragement and acceptance, come from other people. God works through people. God can stand for good orderly direction.

Tell me beloved one….what would you like to give yourself permission to be, do or say today? Be still and know…….

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