Feelings

In these days of uncertainty and restriction I wonder how many of us have been feeling more?

For many, feelings may be something that’s been consciously, and unconsciously, avoided.

Some regularly allow themselves to feel what they’re feeling, whereas others have forgotten how to access this core part of themselves.

There are undoubtedly people who are struggling in this current environment.

There are also people thriving.

It’s the opportunity for some to dig deep and have the space and time to explore the difficult, the scary and the very much needed.

Whatever your situation I suspect you’re feeling something.

Core emotions

When I think about feelings, I think about the core emotions.

Brené Brown put together a list which included:

  • anger,
  • anxious,
  • belonging,
  • blame,
  • curious,
  • disappointed,
  • disgusted,
  • embarrassed,
  • empathy,
  • excited,
  • fearful,
  • scared,
  • frustrated,
  • gratitude,
  • grief,
  • guilt,
  • happy,
  • humiliation,
  • hurt,
  • jealous,
  • joy,
  • judgment,
  • lonely,
  • love,
  • overwhelmed,
  • regret,
  • sad,
  • shame,
  • surprised,
  • vulnerability,
  • worried.

Which of these have showed up for you in the last few weeks?

Which of these make your body expand and stretch?

Which of these makes your jaw clench and your teeth grind?

Scanning the list, I can see that they have all had their moment for me in this last month. There has been an awareness of these emotions running through my body as well as through my thoughts and behaviours.

Primary emotions

Primary emotions are the ones that are typically noticed and felt first. Behind those are secondary emotions, the emotion behind or underneath the initial or dominant emotion. Emotions can be layered like pancakes, one on top of the other, with only the first one showing itself to the casual observer.

Often, I have found loneliness, sadness, and grief behind the mask of anger. Belonging behind judgement, shame behind disgust, and hurt behind jealousy.

One of the ways I work with emotions and feelings is through body scanning and body poems. This process gives the body the chance to speak. The chance to be felt and heard. It is an opportunity to connect with yourself, in a guided enquiry, focusing on sensations and distractions.

This awareness can provide information of what is stored within your body, and from a neurological basis, can allow your brain to integrate implicit memories. Implicit memories are unconscious memories stored in the body. Explicit memories are those that are conscious and can be recalled.

Body scanning

The invitation is to get comfy. Really comfy.

This could be lying down under a snuggly blanket. Cushions supporting you and a pillow for your head. Maybe your comfy is on a luxurious massage table or sitting upright. There are plenty of options…

I will get comfy too, with paper and pen in hand.

Next, you will be guided with breath through a body scan, and this is where the enquiry begins.

You will have time, during the session, to be supported through your experience.

The session lasts up to 60 minutes and takes place wherever you are.

It can be done via phone, WhatsApp, Skype or Zoom.

Cost

In these unprecedented times I have a desire to offer this at a cost that is affordable and honours the work and intention.

If you would like a session, let me know what you can afford, and we can endeavour to find a fee which is agreeable for us both.

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