It’s a new month.
How are you holding up? Honesty in our emotions is healthy. Think about what you are feeling. FEEL what you are feeling. Journal about your thoughts and feelings. Talk about your thoughts and feelings. “Rumble” with your feelings. Ponder them, accept them, be curious about them, examine them deeply, and most importantly, don’t judge yourself for having them.
This weekend the Star Tribune featured a story on mental health awareness titled, “It’s OK Not To Be OK“. In it, Kevyn Burger reports, “If you or someone you know is struggling, looking on the bright side may not be helpful. Trying to reason away negative feelings or demanding that you ‘Snap out of it!’ likely won’t do any good and may, in fact, be harmful. Instead, when someone expresses their emotions, listen, then acknowledge and validate their feelings. Instead of assuring them that everything will be OK, say, ‘I’m here for you, I care for you,’ and ask how you can support them. If someone feels overwhelmed, give them space to talk about their experience without judgment. You can say, ‘That sounds hard for you, tell me more about that.’ Don’t tell them what you would do or feel in their place. Instead, ask them if they just need to vent or want advice.”
As I walked along the regional path yesterday, I came across some painted rocks. They were nestled into the ground just off the path, into beds of leaves, sitting upon stumps of trees – there for anybody to find them, but it still took some looking. I could have easily missed the rocks. I’m sure I did miss many. Some said single words, like HOPE (my favorite!). Some had beautiful designs on them. Some were just painted bright colors. All were simple. All of them could have been easily overlooked. I was reminded each time I saw one that there are hidden gifts all around us, and so often we just don’t see them. So often our fast pace and our clouded minds overshadow the positive messages in front of us. Maybe seeing these painted rocks doesn’t fix all the negative emotions we are feeling, but just the process of searching for them felt helpful. This was a tangible reminder to me to open my eyes, look for the good, appreciate the simple things, and to collectively know that we ALL need encouragement without judgment.
Today’s class is Denise’s Vinyasa Flow, encouraging us to Strengthen, Focus and Balance – the flagship words printed on our studio awnings. Soak up the sun. Let the feelings come. Scatter your own hidden messages.