Shed the pounds of emotions

            When I started to awaken spiritually, I started realizing the detrimental impact of negative emotions and feelings on my psyche. When emotions are hidden and disguised, they are hidden within layers and layers of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so concealed that they tend to lead toward inaccurate judgements and neglect of one's own wellbeing. Negative emotions are, for example: apathy, grief, fear, hatred, shame, blame, regret, resentment, and anger. They are fueled by an underlying fear of the unknown, a fear of the actions of others, and a need to control them or stop them to avoid being harmed. 

THE POWER OF CONNECTION

Nothing is more natural than the urge to be held and comforted by someone who understands our suffering.  Whatever the painful situation (a relationship breakup, medical scare, financial disaster, the death of a loved one) we want to turn toward someone who will hold us and let us cry in loving arms.

 

ANXIETY

Living with anxiety is like being followed by a voice. It knows all your insecurities and uses them against you.  It gets to the point when it’s the loudest voice in the room.  The only one you can hear.  And it’s overwhelming and scary!!! Sometimes we need to be reminded to be gentle with ourselves, to be compassionate because we are doing the best we can.

What do we exactly mean by anxiety?  If depression often occurs due to looking to the past and dwelling on the negative things that have happened, anxiety can be thought of as looking to the future and ruminating about all of the negative things that could happen. 

 

A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON DEPRESSION

I would like to give you an overview of how I (as a Spiritual Counselor and Psychologist) look at depression.

 

Let me ask you a few questions:  Has depression been a barrier to thriving in your life?  Have sadness and frustration gotten in the way of your using all you potential in life, at work, or at school?  One of the most common physical disorders in our culture is pain.  One of the most common emotional disorders in our culture is emotional pain.  Sadness, frustration, overwhelm:  all of these have the same brain chemistry.  It all comes under the heading of depression.

 

LEARNING HOW TO LOVE YOURSELF

Love is the opposite of fear.  To heal your fears, it is imperative to learn how to love yourself.  Everything in your life flows from your relationship to yourself.  Learn to treat yourself like someone worthy of love, respect, and compassion, and your life will flow more effortlessly, abundantly, and joyfully than you can imagine.  You see, you will learn how to love yourself when you finally understand that by simply being a uniquely miraculous part of this world, you are worth it.  You are worth loving. 

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