When I showed up in therapy (to lose weight) (smile), I didn't know that I had made an unconscious decision not to cry anymore. I learned over the next few months and years, that wasn't a good move. It was protective, but not healthy for my soul at all. Most of our society runs from it's feelings and compulsively avoids them at all costs. It runs the gamut: alcohol, shopping, religion, sports, legal and illegal drugs, food, cleaning, hoarding, perfectionism of anything, and the latest one, electronic devices which are all used to avoid the energy that is part of life.
How many times have you heard that it is a bad thing to cry? "I'm sorry I made you cry." "Please don't cry."
I am learning to make friends with that energy that comes my way naturally every day. And make friends with all of it including the so called negative emotions of anxiety, grief, fear and sadness. As well as the "positive" ones: joy, laughter, and fun. It was most surprising to me that when you block feelings and stay numb, you block all of them even the "good" ones.
I have had to learn how to have fun, be playful again because having fun made me extremely uncomfortable too.
Life is full of despair. It will come again. That is guaranteed. As does the joy.
In therapy, I lost my religion, gained a loving relationship with God and most importantly learned to let go of fear (what I was running from avoiding the feelings) and embrace LOVE. Hence, the title of my blog.
It takes so much practice though. And it's very uncomfortable in the beginning and at times, I still freeze up.
But life will give you practice.
Death, Sickness, Terrorism, Donald Trump for President. (grin)
In decorating for Christmas, thoughts turn to my mother in law. She loved Christmas especially knick knacks. We went through more of her belongings this past weekend and let go of more Christmas knick knacks. As we played holiday tunes on the way to school this morning, I had a thought that I should have held on to some of those knick knacks.
Yet, I hate knick knacks.
So as I was cleaning up, I felt myself in that most uncomfortable place of sadness sitting on my chest. How do I let it flow? Hmmm. I had pulled out Christmas CD's the night before. What music will make me cry?
I put on Susan Boyle and listened to "Perfect Day" which did the trick.
"Oh, it's such a perfect day
I'm glad I spent it with you"
The tears fell. I felt like Ga Ga was with me. And she was.
And the energy has passed for now.
Some more will come again. That is life.