Feelings show up in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are glorious to experience, and others are dark, glaring and obnoxious. Acceptance of feelings that show up without judgement is the work of our lives. When we actively push feelings away that aren’t representative of how we really feel, they still live in us, and when they are denied the chance to be heard, considered and experienced, they grow meaner and more diligent at appearing and reminding us.
Last week in Kundalini class I invited students to look deeper into how they were feeling in that moment. How had they arrived to class and their practice that day? And could they find their truth at that moment? Could they find the tools, through breath, focus and faith to sit with whatever was showing up, without judgment, or running from what appeared? I knew that I was challenging them. I was asking them to break old patterns of coping. We are all familiar with old ways of reacting to our lives even when those ways no longer serve us.
Without a conscious awareness to how we interact with our life, we move to our default, our automatic reaction of blocking out uncomfortable feelings.
One of the greatest benefits of self-care, meditation, and practices that bring you inward is the cultivation of awareness. Awareness of when you hurt, awareness of when you are happy and awareness to know Grace in the many expressions of your life.
Take time today to ask yourself, “How am I really feeling right now?” Sit with what appears, breathe, focus and have great faith that once you have had the courage to be with what appears, the strong sensations will loosen its grip on your life.