It’s interesting all the things we do to run away from our feelings: shop, eat, gossip, binge watch, clean…avoid, avoid, avoid.
I know this because I do it. The surge of energy that comes from emotions we believe we can’t handle is too much to bear so we dive into something that’ll make it go away.
Except, our feelings don’t go away, do they? Whether we are concerned, worried, angry, in shame, whatever the wave…it doesn’t disappear because we’ve engaged our attention elsewhere. The feelings stay and direct us regardless of how in control we may feel.
A very wise reiki master and spiritual counsellor advised me to feel my feelings everyday before I started chemotherapy treatment. To sit on my meditation cushion and ask myself “how am I feeling today?” and simply, let the feelings come.
Sometimes, the feelings came in great waves of tears, sometimes they were gentle nudges of comfort, sometimes in body shaking rages. And, after each feeling passed, I was to ask myself…what are you trying to tell me? And normally the answer came…be softer, forgive, release the past…and a huge space would be created inside of me for feelings of light, joy and trust.
This is not easy work. It is, however, necessary work because it lightens us. This way, when we reach for the extra food, the remote to binge watch, or our phones to catch up on fun gossip…we do it from a place that isn’t soaked in guilt, avoidance and shame.
Feeling our feelings is the only way through and the way out of any kind of darkness. It is how we can come closer to our light.
Try this meditation to help you feel your feelings:
- Sit in a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed.
- Take five-ten slow inhales and exhales to deepen concentration
- Ask yourself “How am I feeling today? I am free to feel what I need to feel in this moment.”
- Let the feelings come up without judgment or fear – remind yourself, you are safe
- Ask the feelings what they want you to know.
- Feel. Breathe. for as along as you need to
- Release with deep inhales and exhales
- Give thanks for the courage to feel, for the insights you’ve gained
- Pick up your journal and write everything and anything that comes to mind – see what is revealed to you
- Say a short prayer in gratitude
My hope in sharing this with you is to give you a tool which has helped me to feel and release emotions that don’t serve me and perhaps, in this time of uncertainty, can help you.