At the end of a guided meditation, or at the end of a yoga class, you have probably heard the teacher say: “You are whole and complete, just as you are”. And sometimes, when you have been meditating or practising yoga, you might actually feel this way. Or at least you will think it! But how is it to really know this in the depth of your soul, so you can embody being whole and complete for real?

Yesterday I was in a guided meditation that had to do with my soul and uncovering energy blocks from my youth. When the session was over I felt so peaceful and calm it was incredible. I suddenly realised that my journey in that specific meditation had made me aware of my silent and peaceful wholeness. I felt as if I was radiating warmth and peace from the core of my being. In that moment I knew that I had actually, but unknowingly, been whole and complete my whole life.

When teaching a mindfulness or yoga class I am the one saying “You are whole and complete” and I have always meant it. I have been saying it from my heart to ensure it reaches the recipient. Now it is as if a new dimension has been added to these words. The “whole and complete” expression has gone from being a taught thought to become a knowing I believe I now know how it feels like. I could feel it in my body yesterday. It could notice it in the way I was breathing. The meditation had showed me how I had interpreted situations as a child, accepting without filter difficult things that had been said to me, and I had ended up feeling less/not enough. Of course I am not the only one who has experienced this, this happens to everyone. It is natural that we don’t feel we are bathed in love every second of our life. Difficult situations happen again and again. I find it good to be aware that tough situations have the power to make us feel hurt and not enough so we can understand where the idea of not being whole and complete originates from. The cycle continues until one day we wake up and realise that it is not true, it is not who we are. I am excited to continue my life with this new knowing and hopefully be able to embody it in a truthful way in my everyday life.

It is only when we go into the depths of ourselves that we will know and feel our true wholeness and completeness. Most people will say it is uncomfortable or scary to go into these depths. You know why? Because you might not like everything you find… but that is okay, we all have greatness and imperfections, and aren’t you curious? I am and will continue to be. I believe there is always a new layer of truth to uncover within ourselves. Final thought: How exciting it is to be a human being.

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Annette Wiik

My name is Annette. I am a Yoga Academy Certified Teacher (BWY-Accredited School) and started practising Hatha Yoga over 20 years ago. Holding a certificate from Bangor University to teach mindfulness-based courses, I incorporate my knowledge of mindfulness meditation in all my yoga classes. I have two grown-up children.