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And then I was allowed to breathe.
The panic that shut the door to my curiosity for 20 years was an emotion that I had to engage with before I could take any steps forward in understanding…
Slow down. Emotions live in the body, a group of physical sensations we hold within ourselves. They are meant to be felt. Gently. Slowly. Bodies open to slow; they don’t like fast. If we move too fast, we can’t let the emotions flow through us. They are meant to have a full life cycle, a beginning, a middle, and an end. Resisting keeps them stuck – there is only a beginning, over and over and over – no middle or end, no release.
I am you
You have a right to your emotions.
You have a right to feel your emotions.
You have a right not to feel your emotions, but are you willing to feel them?
Are you willing to look?
Who is experiencing this emotion?
Am I in the emotion?
Am I observing the emotion?
Am I the emotion?
Am I resisting the emotion?
Curiosity, by its very nature invokes emotion. You cannot be curious without feeling but curious I was, and the panic was close. I learned that you can only experience an intense wave of emotion for 90 seconds and that became my bravery mantra. What I discovered is that 90 seconds of consciously feeling and engaging with panic came and went was like a release valve that allowed a lessening of the pressure. I still felt the emotion, but it was more manageable. The texture of the panic changed and my relationship with it became kinder and more familiar.
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