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Honour Your Emotional Storms

“The key is to not resist or rebel against emotions or to try to get around them by devising all sorts of tricks; but to accept them directly, as they are.” -- Takahisa Kora

When I’m hit with emotional turbulence, my first (and unconscious) response is to resist it. I may withdraw, repress, get depressed or angry and fight back. Yet life has brought this experience to me for a reason. There’s a message here for me, and it’s worthwhile to discover what it is.

How do I work with emotional upset? I consider these to be key steps for healing and growth:

  • I seek a quiet moment where I can pay attention to my experience.
  • I allow my feelings to be there without judging that they are a problem.
  • I do my best to truly feel what’s there without getting swallowed up by the emotion. It sounds strange but a part of me can watch and stay detached while another part connects directly with the feelings. This balancing act comes with practice.
  • I open to receive a message from my emotions -- some new level of meaning or a deeper feeling or recognition of an unmet need.
  • I take some action to address the need underlying the distress.

Most times, the emotion releases when I get the message. Knowing the purpose behind my feelings brings some measure of healing. If I don’t get a message, I consciously send love to the part of me that’s hurting. That, too, brings healing.

“Instead of resisting any emotion, the best way to dispel it is to enter it fully, embrace it and see through your resistance.” -- Deepak Chopra

“Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.” -- Benjamin Disraeli

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