...especially how we feel.
Some of us, as sensitive individuals, have navigated those waters of thinking and feeling for a long time, and have learned to find the peace in the chaos. Some of us are still working on it. So many of us are just now feeling the whole broad spectrum of what's possible - often in the course of an entire day. Some of the ways in which we feel are confusing, and our tendency is to think that how we feel somehow defines us. But really what is happening, is that we are receivers - much like signals and radio signals between television and radio stations, to televisions and radios.
With so much wireless technology, it's no wonder. However, this blog article will not be addressing that. Perhaps in another article. :) These things however, are helping to bring humanity to an understanding that there is much being broadcast, and that includes thoughts and feelings.
I won't get too much into the nuts and bolts of why it all works, at this point. But I will be offering some assistance for how to work through them. Oftentimes we have a feeling or an emotion that at times can feel incredibly overwhelming. Perhaps there was a triggering event, such as an argument or misunderstanding, perhaps not. In any case, the mind always tries to jump in and make sense of such overwhelm, and to be the control tower - and it does so by attaching MEANING to a feeling or emotion and also attaching it to a person or circumstance.
When this happens, it is important to simply notice the dialog going on in the mind, and to begin to connect the breath. Let the breath help you ride the waves of emotion and feeling without judgment, without quantifying or qualifying. Most importantly, remember that all states are fleeting, for better or for worse. We have a good time, it's fleeting. We want more. We have longing. The moment passes. Another moment, perhaps we are deciding, based on emotion and feeling, or interpretation of a situation or circumstance, that we are not having a good time. This too, shall pass. If we give ourselves the space, however, to fully feel the feeling and to utilize the breath as a vehicle to radically stay present with ourselves, a feeling of calm eventually comes over us, and it shifts. By doing that, it is not only possible but probable that you may not have to revisit that circumstance again with the same interpretation because you have integrated it as a simple memory.
It is that simple. Your breath IS that powerful. You have a built-in healing machine that can help you process the most painful of circumstances and digest them in smaller bites. Our tendency, however, is to barricade ourselves against painful circumstances, and just like a tidal wave hitting a wall, creates even bigger tidal waves (ripple effects) which continue until the energy has been fully discharged. It builds, otherwise. Soon, there will be greater understanding of the value and power of one's own breath. It has been around for thousands of years, but we have gotten so far away from the wisdom of it, and have instead employed lack of consciousness, unawareness, and we use any number of artificial and ineffective means to deal with very natural processes.
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