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I love this. Even if I can identify the trigger of what upset me..its still sometimes tricky to figure out the core issue. My sadness is a little easier to figure out, but my anger(which is sometimes rage) is much more difficult. Both are painful, but I wonder if my anger is what I let out before I'm ready to deal with the sadness that may be behind it? Is there a pattern we follow of letting out certain emotions? Like we do with death? Or do certain emotions come out with particular pain we have?

Amy, It is hard to sometimes put an actual event to the pain, sorrow or even rage, but letting it out helps, and even more importantly not adding to our already overwhelming amount.

You can also ask yourself, what does this emotion remind you of, when in the past have you felt this way?

Emotions are time travelers and most often mirror a similar event where it makes you feel like you did as a kid.

Just ask questions of it, feel it and be okay feeling that which you are feeling. I wrote about it and explored many different situations fully, never again wanting to not know what was going on in my life. I became a witness, an observer while being present in my life, and then acting from my inside. Saying what I felt I needed to say...etc.

I just know that our bodies are here to give us guidance and we most often disregard what it feels like. When it releases sorrow...it came from somewhere, someone and we need to know this in order to live a more authentic life.

And we do go through stages with this and each emotion comes in bringing an aspect of our selves we have misplaced.

I have heard and experienced signs in my body of stress..for example, I've been told shoulder and upper back pain and chest pain is usually a burden you are carrying. Fear, you may feel in your stomach. I've also had a conversation about an issue I was having and was guided through it by paying attention to where I felt anything in my body. In this particular case, I felt it in my hands and arms..which I was told could be about taking action. The body really is pretty amazing and I definitely feel that my mind and emotions affect my body. And visa versa, if I take care of my body, my mind feels better as well.
The next time I feel something coming up, I will ask myself when I have felt this way before. What a great, not to mention, logical idea! I've been writing a lot lately but so far I haven't been able to fully connect the dots or make sense of my ramblings! I think this will help a lot! :)

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Books, signposts along the way.

  • Annie Rogers: A Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy
  • Elizabeth Gilbert: Big Magic - Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • Brene Brown: Daring Greatly
  • Martha Beck: Leaving the Saints
  • Glennon Doyle Melton: Love Warrior
  • Byron Katie: Loving What Is
  • Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor: My Stroke Of Insight
  • Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant: Option B - Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
  • Brene Brown: Rising Strong
  • Shefali Tsabary: The Awakened Family
  • Patrick J. Carnes Ph.D: The Betrayal Bond
  • Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.: The Body Keeps Score
  • Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.: The Body Keeps Score - Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
  • Alice Miller: The Body Never Lies
  • Dr. Shefalie Tsabary: The Conscious Parent
  • Laura Landgraf: The Fifth Sister- From Victim to Victor
  • Brene Brown: The Gifts of Imperfection
  • Christina Enevoldsen: The Rescued Soul - A writing journey for the Healing of Incest and Family Betrayal
  • Annie Rogers: The Unsayable: The hidden language of trauma
  • Steven Pressfield: The War of Art
  • Alice Miller: Thou Shalt Not Be Aware
  • Rythea Lee: Trauma into Truth - Gutsy Healing and Why Its Worth It
  • Iyanla Vanzant: Trust
  • Rob Bell: Velvet Elvis
  • Norah Vincent: Voluntary Madness- Lost and Found in the Mental Healthcare System
  • Terry L. Wise: Waking Up: Climbing through the Darkness
  • Dr. Karyl McBride: Will I Ever Be Good Enough
  • Shonda Rhimes: Year of Yes


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