What do you think about them?
How do you feel about your feelings?
So often in our American culture, emotions are frowned upon. Feelings are some kind of weakness.
Unless, of course, you are feeling positive emotion.
But what about anger, frustration, despair, sadness, grief, overwhelm, fear, insecurity, embarrassment….?
Are those “bad?”
Ironically, when we block ourselves from feeling negative emotion by resisting, reacting or avoiding them, we also block ourselves from feeling positive emotion too.
So often— maybe 98% of the time?– I see people who are struggling and feelings are the missing link.
We are self-aware about our thoughts.
We know what we want the results in our lives.
But we don’t know how to take action. We don’t know how to get there.
I think feeling is the how.
Let yourself feel whatever emotion you are experiencing right now.
What is it?
Where is it in your body?
Tell me more. What specific sensations? Hot? Cold? Sharp? Dull? Big? Small? Tight? Loose? Open? Closed? Heavy? Light? Does it have a color? A shape?
Get creative with those adjectives.
The only way to stop feeling your negative emotions (and to start feeling the positive ones) is through the emotion.
You will gain peace when you are ok with feeling exactly the way you are feeling right now.
Denita Bremer is a life coach who is on a mission to help Latter-day Saint women feel happier and more fulfilled so they can more effectively do their personal work in the world. If you are interested in a free life coaching session, sign up here.