How do you feel about the world today? Or should I ask, how much do you let yourself feel, dear one?
If you sometimes rage at the world, at the unfairness of it all, at your own insignificance….I feel it too.
Looking out at the beauty that the earth brings us, and knowing there’s so much we could do to save it, to help the people in it…do you feel hopeful or helpless?
This is an invitation to feel.
It’s so easy for us to get lost in the busy-ness of life, spinning all of the plates or merely surviving day to day.
But there’s some big stuff going on too isn’t there?
Often, when we feel uncomfortable emotions, we push them down, keep ourselves busy, tum off the news and do something else. Sometimes we really need to put those emotional “boxes” on the shelf and carry on. But if we do that all the time, eventually the shelf will crash down (and let’s hope no one is underneath it)!
What emotion do you most avoid – Anger? Guilt? Fear? What would happen if you let yourself feel that? How could you allow it in? For some it’s putting on a song or a movie that brings them to cathartic tears and release…for others it’s having a good dance to an angry song or doing invigorating exercise, letting the wildness take hold, just for a few minutes.
Whatever it is, I want you to know it’s ok to feel those emotions – we’re often taught that “good girls don’t get angry” or it’s “embarrassing” to show emotions. The truth is, no-one ever died of a feeling and allowing yourself to feel it, then let it pass, can set you free.
Why do I care about this? Because I know that you care about the world too – whether its fighting climate change or racial injustice, raising money for rare diseases or advocating for better care and education for your own family members. And I know to do that well, without burning out, you need to be the best you can be and that starts with emotional hygiene. Learning to let in and manage your emotions can tell you really important things and help you to really take care of yourself.
One thing is for sure, when you numb the uncomfortable emotions, you also numb the wonderful ones – the joy, the hope, the love. If you’d like to experience a safe, supportive space, where you can explore how to make a difference and harness those emotions for good, let’s talk.