Dealing With Feelings

We can turn to a journal whenever there are strong feelings […] and write them out (Step into Action 198).

Every night, before going to sleep, I get out my journal and write down whatever I am feeling at the moment. It is usually a mix of anger, love, confusion, or joy, fear and gratitude. I then ask myself what these feelings are about, and thoughts or situations triggered them. Finally, I acknowledge the feeling as being valid, meaning it’s okay to have them, even though they may to accurately reflect reality, or I remind  myself of a Program tool or slogan that might be helpful in dealing with the situation that triggered the more disturbing feelings.

 This process takes no more than five minutes, and it gives me the opportunity to recognize and deal with emotions that arise during the next day. Sometimes, it may even open the door to a deeper inventory.

When I have gone without this exercise for a few days, I found I was bottled up. So I keep at it, allowing myself to experience and observe my emotions, which keeps them from running my life and causing unnecessary harm.

May I acknowledge my feelings, rather deny or stuff them.