I noticed recently that I have been experiencing a lot of emotional ups and downs. I will be feeling happy and positive, and then something will shift and I’ll start feeling irritated, down about myself, and generally in a bad mood! And it’s so annoying! But it gets worse. I find myself getting stuck in these negative states, then getting mad at myself for being in a bad mood, and then trying to force myself out of the mad mood and failing. It’s a downward spiral. I’ve started to investigate further into this pattern, and discovered a deeper theme: resistance versus ease.
One of my favorite quotes is by author Elizabeth Gilbert. She says, “Your fear is the most boring thing about you. […] Because fear only says one thing and that one thing is ‘STOP’”.
At first, this may seem harsh. Especially if you are a sensitive person, as I am, this can feel like an un-empathetic attack on what we are going through and how hard it is. “But my life is hard and my fear is real!” – we might exclaim internally. Right?! I totally get that. However, what this quote is highlighting is so vital to living life fully that it is worth telling our defensive inner voices to be quiet for a minute so we can explore this deeper.
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