Moving into truth and honesty, into the freedom that feeling brings.Moving out of the hiding, the pretending. Moving into choices that excite you, support you. Moving out of fear and reaction. Moving into confidence and the greatest of trust.
Feeling is moving into connection with your knowing – your deep inner-knowing of what is best for you. Feeling is honoring, listening to the gifts being offered to open to your self, to others, to your intuition, to the beautiful magic inside.
It is there, present, that love, that magic, but if you stuff your feelings, keep them down, you create a barrier to knowing this great friend, this internal nurturer who wants to make life good for you. ..
. How often have you had an emotion, a feeling, a sense arise and stuff it down again? Stuffing it has gotten you through the day but you're still wrung out inside. And when you have a moment to sit with yourself, not be "on" for anyone, what do you do with those feelings then?
Knowing what to do when feelings appear, sometimes out of nowhere, unexpectedly, and sometimes in exactly the way you had expected. Knowing how to be safe. Knowing you are on stable ground when they well up, those feelings, wanting to be witnessed, caressed, heard and nurtured.
Imagine accepting, gracefully accepting, the sorrow, and the joy; for to feel one you must also be willing to feel the other. Open to being in love is also open to being in pain. We have a full range we experience, range of feelings, each one with its own gift and its own right time.
Kahlil Gibran writes in The Prophet1
.....Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. .....And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy; .....And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields. .
Imagine trusting deep within, trusting that the feelings you are having are natural, helpful even. Imagine the old programming of shame, when strong feelings arise, just melts away as you simply choose to say to yourself, like your best parent would to your own precious child,
“Sweet one, I am listening to you. I am paying attention. Show me, tell me what you want me to know.”
Listening with the utmost sincerity and open-heartedness, even holding them, your child, if they desire, holding yourself, if you desire. If you had this type of experience with feeling, can you imagine how your life would be loosened, more peaceful, more accepting?
Move into the flow of what is, what you are feeling. Try to be willing, as an experiment, try it on. Witness your feelings in the moments of quiet you give to yourself. Try to not fill up. Try instead to be with those feelings and let the inner-tenderness express itself to you. And if you desire to take another step in, write or journal, collage or paint, or dance, or make music out of this expression.
Let it flow, as it so wants to do, to show you the creation of your heart.
to living sensual!
1 GIBRAN, Kahlil. The Prophet. 23rd ed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1993. Page 52. 2 All image originals by Kahlil Gibran