For those of us who have had to endure incredible losses and sorrows, life demands an awakening of a much more profound nature than those who have not. ~ Katherine Woodward Thomas from Calling in “The One”
When I began working on this series of topics, I tackled the section on health thinking I had little to change about my health. Wrong. Having grown up in a household that forbid me to acknowledge or express my emotions, I had much to learn about that aspect of my health. How to get in touch with my feelings, how to experience them, and what that could mean for me health-wise felt like an overwhelming challenge. As far as my emotional health was concerned, I felt locked into old negative core beliefs. The real beauty of looking at this aspect of my life was to realize that there was this huge section of me that had been totally neglected and undeveloped. By honoring and exploring my emotions, I could see unlimited potential for increasing the joy and satisfaction I could feel, although I had no idea where to begin. Of course, I also knew that feeling my feelings would mean dealing with the negative feelings as well, but it felt worth it to break through a barrier that had been inhibiting me all of my life.
So the major change that I want to see in the area of health is to get in touch with my feelings. This includes giving myself permission to feel – both the positive and negative emotions that I have been suppressing all of my life. My sense is that truly experiencing my feelings will open up an aspect of my life that I have never really known.
See, the human mind is kind of like…a piñata. When it breaks open, there are a lot of surprises inside. Once you get the piñata perspective, you see that losing your mind can be a peak experience. ~ Jane Wagner
What changes would I like to see in my emotional, mental, and physical health? How would these changes benefit me? What do I want to feel/experience more or less of by experiencing more emotional, mental, and physical health?
Intelligent people realize that unhappiness comes from within, and while an event may be irritating, one can change his reaction by his definitions and verbalizations of the events. ~Albert Ellis