Emotions are our most common experience of being moved by forces seemingly beyond our control. As such, they are among the most confusing and frightening phenomena of everyday life. People often treat them as a nuisance or a threat, yet failing to experience them straightforwardly undermines sanity and well-being.
How can we begin to relate to emotions in a more direct and fearless way? Can we ever befriend our emotions and accept them as part of us? Why is emotion so hard to come to terms with in our culture?…
…If we could let ourselves feel just what we feel, instead of reacting against it, condemning it, or trying to manipulate and suppress it, perhaps we could develop greater confidence about facing whatever life confronts with.
Excerpt from Awakening the Heart by John Welwood
The proper nourishment for personal growth is a loving acceptance and encouragement by others not rejection and impatient suggestions for improvement. Human beings, like plants, grow in the soil of acceptance, not in the atmosphere of rejection. We have said that personal growth resembles physical growth: all the energies and tendencies are there.
But there is in most of us a civil war that stunts our personal growth. It is our inner struggle for self-acceptance.
Excerpt from Will the Real Me Please Stand Up? by John Powell, S. J.
One of the most important aspects of extreme self-care begins with reestablishing a relationship with yourself – becoming familiar with your needs and desires; essentially, getting to know you. Since most of us spend far too much time on the needs of others, we lose touch with the most important relationship of all – the relationship to ourselves.
Excerpt from Take Time for Your Life by Cheryl Richardson
There’s a story about two businessmen who were driving to an important meeting. Each was to receive $50,000 tax free, but they had to get there in an hour. On the way, each had a flat tire. The first businessman got out, looked in the trunk and found he had not jack. He looked at his watch, saw that he had to reach his appointment within ten minutes, and had a heart attack on the spot. The other businessman looked in the trunk and also had no jack. He stood by the car. A passerby stopped, changed his tire for him, and he made his appointment in time.
I subscribe to the Jungian idea of synchronicity, or meaningful coincidence. I believe that there are very few accidents. After one of my talks a man handed me a card on which was written, “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”
Excerpt from Love, Medicine & Miracles by Bernie Siegel MD
Come see Bernie Siegel MD speak at Touch the Sky!
In his book, Peace, Love and Healing, Bernie Siegel shares some wisdom with us:
Peace of mind is the goal to work for as you seek change. If, as Candace Pert has said, your body is the outward manifestation of your mind, peace of mind is what you want it to manifest….When you value yourself you express all your feelings, and then you let them go. Letting people know who you are and where you are in life means that fewer conflicts occur. One result is that your relationships improve and even business improves.