Day 2 of my 14 day mindfulness challenge – Labelling Emotions

Image courtesy of “Heart Drawing On The Sand" by arztsamui

Image courtesy of “Heart Drawing On The Sand” by arztsamui

This is Day 2 of my 14 day mindfulness challenge. Every day for the next 14 days I will do a mindfulness meditation.

Today the focus was on labelling EMOTIONS. I had a fitful sleep as I was obsessing about this work project I can’t seem to get a handle on. That send me in an anxiety spin so I spent the first hour this morning working on said project to calm my stress levels before I felt ready to do my meditation.

After connecting with my abdominal breathing, I focussed on my chest area noticing which emotions were present. It turned out that obsessing about my work is a defense against underlying feelings of self-loathing and worthlessness.

How PAINFUL!!!!

Nevertheless, I am grateful to be able to be with this issue and having the capacity for it to emerge.

What I am grateful for today:

  • Insights!
  • My “home brewed” Kombucha tea!
  • Doing my mindfulness meditation this morning!

THANK YOU!

Staying with WHAT IS – Day 34

Yesterday I saw an osteopath for some treatment on my sore neck and shoulder.

I felt very relaxed after the session.

What was surprising to me though was waking up in the middle of the night flooded with fear and drenched in sweat.

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, unresolved emotions get stored in our bodies and may make themselves known through muscle tension, aches and pains, destructive behaviour etc.

On the other hand muscle tensions and aches and pains can also have a protective function. For example, preventing us from feeling the emotion underneath our system may not be ready to be with just yet.

So what happened to for me was that some of the painful emotions underneath my neck pain got released through the osteopathic treatment. They are challenging to be with but for sure part of the process of resolving it, so THANK YOU!

What I am grateful for today:

  • Finding some peace and quiet in the morning
  • Having my own space
  • Having so many amazing practitioners in my area

Staying with WHAT IS – Day 26

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This morning I woke up feeling really excited about the day ahead!

Hurray!!!!

Looking forward to my yoga class and my morning walk. Could feel the smile on my face and the lightness in my body.

What I found interesting though that I didn’t much question where the positive feeling originated from. I just enjoyed it, being grateful for the way I was feeling.

On the other hand, when faced with challenging feelings like anger, fear, frustration, sadness I always go into over analyzing with the underlying intent to somehow get rid of it.

Of course that rarely helps!

On the contrary, re-viewing them over and over just keeps me stuck in a negative pattern.

What does help though is cultivating an “inner witness” through mindful moment to moment attention of where I am at. Which means observing & labelling the experience instead of being “in it”:

I have thoughts but I am not my thoughts.
I have bodily sensations but I am not my bodily sensations.
I have feelings but I am not my feelings.

 

What I am grateful for today:

  • My feeling of excitement this morning
  • My morning walk
  • Having finished the handout for my upcoming workshop