What we hold out from is the feeling we fear something will bring. We can hold ourselves captive here for a long time.
We have to feel to heal. Let the feelings come.
Some need to connect with and acknowledge more of their feelings. Some need to learn how to regulate, balance and gain space from strong emotions.
In both cases, the body is the key.
If you need to learn to regulate and balance strong feelings… Learn to find stability by anchoring strongly into body, the five senses, present moment awareness; reality.
If you need to connect with feelings more… Listen to how your body is speaking and holding your feelings. Is your chest tight, your breathing shallow and your stomach gripped? Are you hot or heart rate up? Does your chest ache with a kind of lump or sadness? Learn to lean in to the presence of your emotions.
The body sensations speak and are a doorway for self connection and stability.
Anxiety and other emotions are fed by our thinking. We can get caught in a thinking feeling thinking feeling loop. Thoughts make more of the feeling and the feeling then makes more of the same vein of thought.
To step out of this loop we need to remember we have a body. We need to step out of thinking and inhabit our direct, present moment body experience. We need to anchor ourselves deeply in it. We need to come out of our thinking and into our breath, into our sensations, into our physical senses.
This way we slow the mind, have our focus outside of the narrative, which creates space and eases the feeling.
When we can simply and without judgement, focus on our body sensations, emotion can be safely expressed and released. Like a wave it can pass.
If your body’s experience with intense emotion is too difficult to be with, practice alternating between the not nice sensations and a neutral or even pleasant sensation in the body. Find a part of the body that feels ok/nice. Focus your attention there for five breaths, then go back to the difficult emotional sensation for three/five breaths. Pendulate back and forth. This gives us a way to gradually feel more safe with yucky feelings, to regulate their intensity and gain some control.
Life is now. Tomorrow can never make us happy if we can’t recognise and receive life now.
Practice stopping, listening, looking at things as if seeing them for the first time. Take this moment in, feel your breathing, absorb the colours, notice life’s sounds all around, recognise with gratitude what is here right now… including your own presence, awareness, the sense of being, aliveness, simple knowing, reality.
Spirit/awareness/consciousness/the universe/reality/life…whatever word you want to use… does not depend on or require us to believe in it. It just IS whether we believe or not, and regardless of what philosophy, structure or name we might give it.
Life is prior to names and belief, it is the ground of all unfolding. It had to be there before there was any believer or anything to believe in.
Are we awake to our essential being, there before we think about anything? What is still here when our mind is empty?