I acknowledge my hurt inner child. I know this is a part of who I am due to my horrible childhood.
I know when my inner child is hurting, because I start feeling emotional, hurt, scared, lonely, vulnerable, fragile, needy and lost. I also know this is emotional flashbacks and I am pretty good at knowing when I am having these now.
I know, not to suppress this, but allow it, and also to have gentle, compassionate, self talk.
My inner child, is never going to have her unmet needs, met. She is never going to have a person in her life, who she feels safe enough with – like a child is meant to feel safe with her parents. And I allow myself to feel that and grieve that.
But, it really hurts. It feels like the very core of my being, is in pain. And it is.
The child I was, became the foundation of my entire life, the basis for who I grew into as an adult.
I have the very wise, old soul part of me, with far too much dark life experience, and my hurt inner child. Both of whom have very conflicting needs, pull me apart and I never seem to be able to fulfil both of her needs. So I have internal conflict, continually.
Today, my hurt inner child, is distressed, hurting and I feel that.
This is why Sia’s song ‘Breathe me’ is perfect for when my inner child is hurting.