• Why Feel?

    Posted on October 24, 2015 by in Anxiety, Depression, grief and loss, Psychotherapist Rockville MD

    Why Feel?

    Can you imagine being unable to feel physical pain? You would not know your coffee is too hot to drink, your ankle is broken, or that you stayed too long in the sun.

    Can you imagine being unable to feel emotional pain? You would not know someone was mean to you, dangerous to be around, or hurting you. While sometimes it’s necessary and useful to avoid and numb emotional pain for the short term, using avoidance and numbing as long term coping strategies hurts you by shutting off your internal intelligence system. Also the numbing does not discriminate. That is by feeling less pain, you also close yourself off to feeling awe and joy!

    Your emotions are healthy! They are meant to educate and inform you about your experiences with yourself and others in your world. As you embrace the “challenging” emotions of anger, sorrow, and pain you honor them for what they are-an internal guidance system to help you navigate life’s ups and downs with respect and compassion.

    If you limit yourself and only expect and allow yourself to feel happy, you close off a part of your humanity that yearns to experience the fullness of what it means to be alive.

    Blessings to you on your journey into the core of your wholeness and beauty.

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