Burnout is what happens when you try to avoid being human for too long. Michael Gungor

Every emotion has it’s opposite. Happy and sad, love and fear, anxiety and contentment… So if we have a positive and a negative, then doesn’t that make emotions neutral?

That’s the way I find it helpful to see emotions, and also helpful to explain to teenagers at school. It’s normal to feel ‘negative’ emotions sometimes. It’s what makes us human. It’s why winning feels so good, because losing sucks! So without the lows, the highs wouldn’t feel so good.

But what I don’t find helpful is giving ‘negative’ emotions that label. If we just see them as energy and accept that they are there and we are going to feel them sometimes, then we can let it pass.

Ever had a really tough day or week and you’re out and about holding back your tears, then someone asks if you’re OK? That’s the tipping point where you let it all out and let go of your tears! That moment only last a short time, and you realise that it took more energy holding back your tears than it did to just let them go for a short time.

Accept your feelings as they are

Dare to be different. Enjoy all of life.

When you’re feeling sad, be sad. When you want to be angry, be angry. Let yourself feel the emotion so that it can pass through you. It always does. When we suppress it or ignore it, it will stay within us. Just see it as energy and let it go. Just accept that it is there and you are going to feel it. We must be willing to accept it in order for it to pass through us and not get blocked. Accept that if you relax, it will have it’s moment and then it will pass. It always does.

Any pain you feel; jealousy, anxiety, insecurities or fear, is caused by blockages within you that you have not previously let go of. It’s just energy.

A thought or emotion emerges, you notice it, and it passes by because you allow it to. If you focus on it, it grows in importance and demands more of your time and it can get completely out of control. It just takes a moment of conscious effort to decide that you’re not going there. You just let go.

 

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