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The Language of Letting Go, Dec. 15

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The Language of Letting Go, Dec. 15

DECEMBER 15

You are reading from the book "The Language of Letting Go."

Feelings

It's okay to have and feel our feelings--all of them.

Years into recovery, we may still be battling with ourselves about this issue. Of all the prohibitions we've lived with, this one is potentially the most damaging and the most long-lived.

Many of us needed to shut down the emotional part of ourselves to survive certain situations. We shut down the part of us that feels anger, sadness, fear, joy, and love. We may have turned off our sexual or sensual feelings too. Many of us lived in systems with people who refused to tolerate our emotions. We were shamed or reprimanded for expressing feelings, usually by people who were taught to repress their own.

But times have changed. It is okay now for us to acknowledge and accept our emotions. We don't need to allow our emotions to control us; neither do we need to rigidly repress our feelings. Our emotional center is a valuable part of us. It's connected to our physical well being, our thinking, and our spirituality.

Our feelings are also connected to that great gift, instinct. They enable us to give and receive love.

We are neither weak nor deficient for indulging in our feelings. It means we're becoming healthy and whole.

Today, I will allow myself to recognize and accept whatever feelings pass through me. Without shame, I will tune in to the emotional part of myself.

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Thank you,honeypig.

To have my feelings and not have to act on them immediately, in the case of distressful ones, is very tricky for me. It has been one of the hardest things to learn, but is very freeing, when I can manage it.

Tuning in to the joy is another thing I am learning to give myself permission to do.
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Zing! I feel like a wizard after reading this! lmao
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