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Lean Into the Feeling

I was observing some casual conversation recently where everyone is doing great. The business is great, the family is doing well, just returned from a wonderful vacation, blah, blah, blah….. While I am confident that some of what people were exchanging was true, each of the interactions seemed to lack some level of authenticity. It is almost as if it is not okay for things to be not okay.

In my many years of coaching, it has become clear to me that many of us have not made friends with “what is” very often. We are so taken with the way we want things to be or think they should be that we have lost touch with reality. We spin it, explain it, and sanitize it so much that we are unable to recognize our true feelings. We keep moving so fast, continually spinning our story, that we often lose sight of who and where we are.

Somewhere along the line, we got sold a a bill of goods that in order to be happy you need to feel good all the time. While this is an excellent intention, part of really, really, feeling good means feeling everything. Lean into all of the feelings and sensations that you experience as you navigate through life. Pretending that any of these feelings do not exist causes us to get stuck and prevents us from making friends with the present moment.

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