The Wisdom of Feeling

The Wisdom of Feeling

 

Be with the feelings 

The mind will tell you it’s unimportant 

You can’t stop

There’s no time

It’s not convenient
Keep moving
Distract
Deny
Push it down
Pretend, put up the mask

 

Sit with the feelings

The body will pull back 

Wants physical distraction

Running away

Exercise or sleep or food or sex

Trying to shift body chemistry

Habitual automatic behaviors

Addictions

 

Allow the feelings

The stories will want to take over

Analyze, scrutinize, criticize

Exaggerate, amplify, complicate

Judge, invalidate, futurize 

Explain the feelings away

Anything to avoid it

 

Welcome the feelings 

Recognize the avoidance of darkness 

The shame, blame and guilt 

Fear of pain 

The habitual disconnection

The walls and walls and walls 

Layers upon layers 

Lack of connection 

Years, decades, a lifetime of avoidance 

Avoiding feelings is avoiding yourself

 

Notice the feelings 

Simple sensations

Be with yourself 

Without judgement 

Without story

No need to be a victim 

Without avoiding 

Without invalidating the need to feel

Moving toward, toward, toward

Where in your body

What is the color, texture, shape

Is it even your feeling

 

Feel the feelings 

Allowing space for

Stillness 

Quiet

Softness 

Breathing

Curiosity 

Surrender 

Allowing inner connection

Presence 

Compassion 

Holding and comforting the little child within 

Vulnerability 

Choosing love and acceptance

 

Let the feeling have a voice, be heard, acknowledged, and felt. Know yourself.

 

Feel. The. Feelings.

 

Finally, truly, fully feel.

 

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh

 

Feeling. 

Feeling. 

Feeling.

 

This is the practice.

 

 

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