Facing difficult emotions and emotional healing has been on the forefront of my mind lately. People keep appearing, things keep showing up for me regarding certain memories and emotions. This I know is a gift, and I’m grateful that I’m in a place in life that I can see this.
This morning’s gift was a 12 minute meditation led by Dr Kerstin Neff, the leading expert on self-compassion. I truly believe self compassion is the key to healing all suffering.
The tricky thing about difficult emotions is that we typically don’t want to face them. We ignore them, deny them, fear them, brush them under the carpet. We do almost anything to distract ourselves from their presence.
Or at least I did.
And even when I thought I was facing difficult emotions, they still gripped me as bundles of tightness in my body.
How do we heal, release the tension and these difficult emotions? Know this is happening, acknowledge these emotions that you hold onto. Then follow these next 3 steps.
Soften around the edges of where you feel the emotion, the sensations on your body. Which will help to release the tightness in your body that you are feeling.
Soothe yourself, and your body with tender loving compassion. Give yourself some ten
Allow the feeling and the sensation to be there. This is the hard. It for me. Allowing it. Remember you are safe. It’s ok to allow it.
Keep Bringing your awareness back to the sensations in your body. Soften. Soothe. Allow. These 3 words can change your life releasing the difficult emotions that prevent you for living life freely.
Enjoy this 12 -minute meditation.