We often work so hard to get rid of pain. We might ignore it, look for distractions and joy outside of ourselves, hoping that it would help the storm pass faster and easier.
Little do we know that, the more we push it away, the more it comes back to us stronger.
Every single human being on earth suffers. We are who we are, and what our feelings can be catalysts for growth and awakening.
Think about when you touched a hot pot for the first time. You were probably curious about this object in front you. The moment you touched it, you experienced something unexpected that was painful and scary.
You developed a fear of being hurt by hot pots. However, if you were to touch the hot pot again, you would know how it feels, You will still experience pain, but your reaction to it would be different.
The same thing is true for emotional pain, the more you let yourself face it and feel it, the more you go beyond it and experience joy and softness in your heart.
Here are 7 tips to make friends with yourself when you are facing pain:
1. Be curious.
Where is this pain coming from? Why is it showing up now? Be 100% honest with yourself at all times, even when the truth is unpleasant.
2. Embrace what you feel.
Allow yourself to feel whatever you need to feel, whether it was heartbreak, anger, resentment, sadness, loneliness and so on.
3. Comfort yourself.
Whether it is through talking to your partner, friend, coach or even a random stranger, open your heart and express your feelings.
4. Notice any self-talk you have with yourself.
Are you punishing or supporting your feelings?
5. Forgive yourself.
You are a human being with negative and positive emotions. It’s healthy to make mistakes - they only bring you a step closer to deep self-awareness and gained strengths.
6. Pray, meditate and do yoga.
Whatever spiritual ritual you practice, practice it more and allow the divine energy to heal you.
7. Focus on the moment.
Listen, smell, sense and experience every moment of your pain. The more you do it, the more you become fearless. Understanding the pain that is within us and all the softness that comes through when it breaks our heart open is a big step towards making friends with the self. The moment we shed our tears, is a moment of freedom towards experiencing compassion and love towards our human nature.
So, what actions will you take today to embrace your emotions? Share at least one thing you will do today in the comments, then come back and share how it felt tomorrow.