The feeling behind the feeling

As a MindBodySpirit Coach, I don't pay very much attention to emotions.

However, what I've come to realize is the feelings people present with are often adaptive, secondary emotions, merely covering up their instinctive, primary emotions.

One client I worked with was guilty for feeling hatred towards her situation. Once I gave her permission to feel hatred, what surfaced was sadness.

Another client was on edge and full of anxiety, and once I taught him how to settle, what surfaced was fear.

While another client was angry, and once informed that expressing righteous anger stimulates the immune system, what surfaced was shame.

And of course, deep to the primary emotion is an attachment to a painful experience.

I'm all for feeling your feelings, but then, let's learn how to surrender identification with our experiences.

"I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become." Carl Jung



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