Allow Yourself to Experience Emotions

Over the last several hours since I woke up and went about my morning routine, I was flooded with so many emotions.  Shock.  Anger.  Confusion.  Empathy.  Kindness.  Compassion.  Love.

With everyone around the world, the results of last night's election will test the character of ourselves and how we move forward.  As I am just one week away from taking part in a 8 day silent meditation retreat, what better opportunity to really dig deep with self inquiry and start to ask myself questions.    

What do I stand for?

How can I be better?

Where is my path leading to?

As I sit with my emotions, it is important that I allow myself to experience them rather than bottle them up.  I have learned from experience, both my own and as an outside observer of others, how detrimental it can be physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually to keep them held in.  One of the greatest things I have done over the last year is to see a therapist.  While I went in initially for one specific "problem," I continue to go because I see how important it is for myself and those I am surrounded by.  Conversations sometimes build from the previous week.  Other times it's about something I read or heard.  This unpacking of self is where I learn so much about my perceptions, my actions, my thoughts.

My hope for our global community is that we each take time every day to ask ourselves questions and do a bit of self inquiry.  Maybe then, we will all be able to experience kindness, compassion and love for ourselves and our community.