We hide so many things about ourselves out of fear of being judged or punished. We develop patterns, habits and even addictions around aspects of ourselves to avoid feeling them.

However, when we are given permission to explore these behaviours in the face of unconditional love and compassion, it opens up the possibility for us to own our experiences and take the blame away from others.

Being self-destructive doesn't always involve endless bad habits and avoidance tactics. It can also be a process of breaking down old patterns and ways of thinking that no longer serve you.

The willingness to be self-destructive requires deep courage and radical self-responsibility. It involves taking a hard look at how we treat our bodies, mind and spirit and asking ourselves why.

Looking inward is never easy - but together we can always face our shadows.