Feelings are like good haircolor, part II
Happy New Year, New Moon, New Eclipse Cycle, and Sunday!
Ooh, SO MANY of you loved my Feelings Are Like Good Haircolor note a couple weeks ago.
Thank goodness you're up for analogies!
It's essential to our friendship. :)
Feelings are like good haircolor because they're multidimensional, not flat.
When we're willing to feel them, we discover
that they shimmer and shift as we look at them.
Now Part II:
Feelings are like good haircolor
because YOU CAN CHANGE THEM.
Subtly, or dramatically.
Yes, you can.
You can change your feelings because
they come from your thoughts.
It doesn't always seem that way.
We're raised up believing that our feelings
come from What Happens
or What People Say and Do.
We're raised up believing our feeling selves
are at the mercy of all that's outside of us.
Feelings are produced by thoughts.
Not by events. Not by other people.
Let's say Trump is impeached this year.
I'm sure everyone on my email list
is ELATED about this.
But why are you elated?
Trump's impeachment doesn't directly cause elation.
Your average Fox News viewer is NOT elated
when the Racist In Chief loses power.
We are elated because we think things like:
"Trump is terrible."
"Trump is dangerous."
"Trump is unfit to be President."
The Fox News folks are sad/mad, though,
because THEY think things like:
Well, TBH I do not know what the hell they think.
I guess things like,
"Immigrants are dangerous."
"The world should be terrified of the US."
it's our interpretation of the happening
it's how we think about it
that determines how we feel.
Listen up, friends.
This is a superpower,
to be used with care and responsibility.
We'll talk more about it this month,
but for now,
I'd love you to give it a try.
Grab paper & pen, and consider:
Where's a place you are feeling shitty?
What's something that happened
or something someone said
or something you did
that you're feeling bad about?
Zoom in on it in your mind
and ask yourself:
How am I feeling?
Then be brave, and let yourself feel.
Name & write down your feelings.
Next, ask yourself:
What am I thinking and believing
that's making me feel this way?
Write down your thoughts and interpretations
about the shitty situation.
(It might take a while to uncover them.)
Finally, ask yourself:
Why am I choosing to think and feel this way?
And write these answers down, too.
This is the beginning.
this thinking about your thinking
minding your mind
initiates your power to change how you feel.
Look at the situation again
and notice how your feelings about it
are starting to shift
if you let them.
Stay tuned for more steps
coming your way later this week.