Have you ever tried to talk yourself out of feeling a certain way? Or ignored it, denied it, or lashed out and blamed another? I have, many times! But, what if emotions have valuable information for you? What if they are not something to be changed or denied or resisted in all of the many ways we resist them?
I recently began the Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. It is a 12 week program to rediscover and heal your creative energy. One of the basic tools is what is called "morning pages" which is basically a three page "brain dump" first thing in the morning. You write three pages every morning whether you feel like it or not - stream of consciousness, no pauses, no editing.
What I have discovered is that when I am feeling anxious or angry or sad there is a reason! There is something that needs to be addressed whether it is finances that need attention, an honest conversation with a loved one, or a long held pattern or wound that needs healing. Emotions have gone from being an adversary - a block to feeling happy, to a friend and, in fact, the opening to greater happiness and peace.
I encourage you to give morning pages a try. You will quickly discover what is on your mind and in your heart. This is the gateway to befriending your emotions and yourself!