Honoring Your Feelings and Your Self

Honoring Your Feelings and Your Self

Honoring Your Feelings and Your Self –

What are you feeling right now? Are you happy, excited, confident, trusting, nervous, doubtful, fearful, sad, self-conscious, sorry for yourself, or some other emotion? If you are a human being you have feelings. They vary in intensity and scope and, while shared by all, are also uniquely personal.

If you are a human being in body you feel. All feelings are real and deserve to be honored. They belong to you. They probably came in response to some situation. Once honored, though, you can choose which feeling vibrations you allow to stay. You can choose which feeling vibrations you want to change into something that serves you in a better way.

Many people spend a great deal of time and energy denying certain feelings. That never leads to a permanent solution, however, and they may often keep attracting the same circumstances over and over until they ultimately deal with the problem head on. Or the reverse may happen. If the feelings are painful, people can get stuck in a vicious cycle of reliving the pain over and over again, unable to let it go. There is a way out of this cycle, but it takes a bit of work and diligence.

Honoring your feelings and yourself always starts with an honest self-assessment. After you sit with the feeling and acknowledge it, you may need to find a physical way to release it. If it’s anger you may need to throw a pillow, scrub a floor, or write a letter venting your feelings (then tear the letter up). If it’s sadness you may need to cry. If it’s guilt or shame you you may need to work on forgiving yourself and making amends. Talking it out with someone else or journaling are very helpful tools for identifying feelings, putting them in proper perspective, and looking for ways to deal with things as they are at the moment.

It’s inevitable as a human being on earth – you will have days when you are sad or mad, and days you feel hopeful and happy. Whatever your feelings, either celebrate them or identify and work to change them. You are not powerless in the face of what sometimes feels like overwhelming emotion. The only real reality is your response. May you always be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and move in that direction.

Many blessings, Elaine

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