Getting in touch with uncomfortable emotions
Guilt, anger, and resentment are just some of the emotions we avoid and suppress as a method of coping. To address those emotions, I want my readers to explore a healthier and more conducive coping method such as journaling to address those emotions that if left unattended can result in disaster.
In today’s society, we have learned to evade and suppress our emotions, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you feel uncomfortable when you hear the word confrontation, and you’re not alone. Even if your chakras are aligned, one cannot avoid uncomfortable situations that may turn our psyche into a jumble of uncomfortable emotions. Emotions are as important to the human experience as hunger and happiness. Yes, even unpleasant emotions are important. Feelings of discomfort like hunger alert us to the need to nourish our bodies, just as we sense unpleasant emotions that tell us it’s time to nourish our souls.
It is important to note that dwelling on, absorbing, and ignoring unpleasant emotions is not the same as confronting those emotions and figuring out how to resolve them. Because actions have consequences, avoiding our emotions will lead to us deflecting negative emotions in an inconsiderate manner, often without us even realizing it. Consequently, I see the appeal of avoidance as a way to push aside our emotions in the hope they will subside on their own, I am afraid that this is not how life works. While suppressing our emotions may provide brief solace, it has short-term benefits. In addition, you risk intensifying the emotion and leaving yourself consumed with toxic thoughts.
“Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.”-Elizabeth Gilbert
When you experienced something painful, did you use self-deception to mask your pain? The more guilt, anger, and resentment we feel towards ourselves, the more we convince ourselves that the situation does not need reflection. In terms of myself, I know I can count on my journal to provide some holistic reflection and acknowledgment when I begin to feel the clouds of self-deception gathering around me.
My Hopes For you
My hope is that my readers take my advice and confront these emotions instead of engaging in self-deception and denial. You need to carry the truth in your journals, ask yourself the hard questions, and wait for your authentic self to reveal the answers. In the event you find yourself avoiding unpleasant situations, I hope that you write in your journal as a release.
I must warn you that this may not be an appropriate place to start if you’re just getting started with journaling. When you have explored lighter topics, you can return to the emotions mentioned in this post.
I have provided 5 Journal Prompts for you to explore.
Please feel free to share your discoveries with me by leaving a comment or via email if you wish. Encourage conversations with your friends by asking them these questions.
Let the pen speak through you, and happy writing!
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