Everybody has a dark side, and actress and yoga teacher Maxene Magalona believes everyone should face that side head on.
Magalona thinks that the earlier one does this, the better, as per her Instagram page yesterday, Nov. 27.
“Have you ever heard of shadow work? This is the practice of getting in touch with the parts of yourself that you’ve repressed — or what many might refer to as their ‘dark side.’ It involves diving into the unconscious material that shapes our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors,” she said.
People have the tendency to deny the existence of this dark side, something that Magalona has a solution for.
“The goal is to make those unconscious addictions, such as the pain of a traumatic event, part of your conscious awareness so that you can work on them. This is how we can come face to face with the parts of ourselves that we have unconsciously rejected just because we do not like them. They make us feel uncomfortable which is why we just tend to deny them,” she explained.
But living in denial, for Magalona, is “unhealthy and it is just impossible to run away from yourself.”
She thus suggests: “You have to face your inner darkness and learn how to embrace it so that it can be integrated into your entire being.”
“We are all made of both light and dark, good and bad, pretty and ugly, cute and annoying. Face it. Embrace it. This is how you become whole,” she added. “If you can accept and integrate your own darkness, then who can ever use it against you? No one. This becomes your power. And this is how you take your power back. THIS is the real kind of self-care.”
Magalona, aside from teaching yoga and promoting mental health awareness, is part of the cast of the ABS-CBN series “Viral Scandal” alongside Charlie Dizon, Dimples Romana and Jake Cuenca. JB