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The weakness and vulnerability that are true to my mortal nature must be felt and accepted. The half-thought, half-felt notions that these are shameful failings must be identified as the frauds they are and discarded.
WHAT FEELINGS DO I HAVE THAT ARE AWAITING HONEST EXPLORATION AND ACCEPTANCE?
1) Compassion for myself: I am very hard on myself yet take it easy on others, that can be very frustrating 🙁
2) I can honestly say I FEAR FALLING INLOVE BECAUSE I DO NOT TRUST MYSELF TO FALL INLOVE WITH THE RIGHT PERSON: It has been close to 3 yrs that I am single and have not avoided a relationship and put everyone in the friend zone.
I’d say all of them. I tend to dampen them a bit (less so as I age) so, really, they are all to be explored. For example I felt this great sense of well being recently and it was joy but this didn’t hit home until retrospect.
Separateness need. Sadness
Anger, aggravation, disillusionment, weariness.
Anger, frustration, guilt, and resentment.
Anger, fear. I never seem to run out on these two emotions.
I agree with many comments below – especially Kevin and Deborah. Depending on so many circumstances, all may seem fine but then often I have found that some things that I think are dealt with are, in fact lurking underneath waiting to come back to bite me! But hopefully each time I learn a bit for the future and I come closer to acceptance of the past.
I have spoken before of my dark times and how scarred I realise I am when the feelings and memories return. There was a question here recently which was the first time I really felt able to openly mention my feelings honestly but I was shaken by how traumatised I still felt. However, the wonderful comments from this community were so comforting and helpful and I still feel the warm glow from them now – so a big step towards exploration and acceptance. And today I can look at those feelings from that perspective rather than the way i felt last time
Sometimes, there are feelings of helplessness and despair when I think about the big issues like climate change, conflicts and injustices. But a little broken chair on my workbench helps with that exploration… fostering the development of a creative spirit helps solutions emerge.
I find it funny that the feelings that I have dealt with (almost) some how find their way back into my consciousness. I hear the words “healing comes in layers” which means as soon I clear off one surface, deeper more hidden emotions arise. I continue to explore my past relationships which evokes feelings of inadequacy, anger, failure, fear of being alone and sadness. If I can stay present, I like to send love and peace to my past partners and recognize the gifts that they have given me. I am grateful for these feelings, for the deeper healing.
Gaaack!! I continue to worry about other people – the plumbing company, for heaven’s sake – more than myself – Help Me! I paid the bill, and now I see that I overpaid in ways I was clueless about. Why did I care that the plumbing company get paid when the product they installed wasn’t even working??!!!! I’m so old already. Will I never learn? This is such a timely question for me at this moment – thanks!
Feelings of anxiety and self-doubt of the future. By accepting that nothing is guaranteed, everything is permitted.
I don’t feel that I am ignoring various feelings – some anger, resentment, disappointment – you name ’em, I got ’em – or they re-emerge at times. But I’m chipping away at them, coming to terms, accepting them and the situations they represent. It feels like “honest exploration and acceptance” will never be a completed process and I am also (mostly) at peace with that.
Those named above are traditionally ‘negative’ feelings – but what about the ‘positive’ ones, friends? What about self-love and respect? Knowing deep down that God is setting a seal of approval on us all the time? Maybe those feelings also need more honest exploration and true acceptance…. ?
Acceptance of reality and things that I cannot control.. to calm my anxious thoughts .
Self forgiveness … learning to not have negative self talk… it’s a daily effort.
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