“Only that day dawns to which we are awake.” –Thoreau – Walden Pond
A client recently said that she would rather just be in the “bliss” of her good life and her happy process than deal with the things of life that come up – the loss of a co-worker, the sadness of another’s illness, the tragedies of the world documented on the news. Yet none of us live in a bubble and no matter how happy our lives are, things happen and we are faced with tough times and inevitably the feelings come.
Working with feelings, especially the hard ones, is a learning process. If we don’t feel when someone is angry with us or betrays us then who are we? There are gifts in the feelings and the process of just being with those feelings. No one ever died from feeling a feeling.
Our bodies will guide us to better understand what we are feeling and self care practices can give us deeper awareness to fully embrace our feelings. Meditation, massage, walking, writing, dancing help us get in touch with our bodies and allow the feelings to rise to the surface. Bodywork is a powerful medicine that can support us in processing feelings that words and talk cannot reach.
For today take 5 minutes to notice what is happening your body. Ask yourself: what feelings arise when I notice my body sensations? You may enjoy listening to one of the body-centered recorded meditations by Tara Brach, Buddhist Teacher and Psychotherapist at her website http://www.tarabrach.com. Her voice combined with her guidance can short-cut your experience to growing your self awareness and you may find you come out healthier as you restore your wholeness in your feeling body.
Teach me how to trust my heart, my intuition, the senses of my body, the blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my sacred space and love beyond my fear, and thus walk in balance with the passing of each glorious sun. ~ Lakota Prayer
Helene Van Manen/www.CoachHelene.com