"Feelings are like the phone ringing. A message is trying to get through. We don't have phones in our offices or homes just to make noise. They ring to alert us that some information is waiting. The problem for many, however, is that when the phone of their feelings rings, trying to get a message through, a habit of blocking the message kicks in."
"Feelings are like waves in the ocean; we need to learn how to ride through them and know that they will shift and change."
"Feelings are like children, you don't want them driving the car but you don't want them stuffed in the trunk either".
"So, what's a person to do? Well, noticing our feelings and letting them bubble up like a hot spring doesn't usually hurt anyone. However, they may be very hot and we have to respect the feelings, just like you can't do a cannonball dive into a hot springs. You may need to find out a little about the feeling and ease into it and learn all about it."
"Passing around negativity. Bad feelings are like the flu. Once one person brings the bug into the environment, it's a sure bet that ten other people will be down with the ailment by the end of the week."
"Bad feelings are like temperatures to me. I feel them immediately and they affect me deeply. Depending on the situation, I have to either block, absorb or transform the energy. I cannot remain in any situaiton in which I intuitively know will alter my internal energy in a negative way, for longer than I can stand."
"There's no crime in feeling bad feelings. I know we all "shouldn't" feel bad about emotional stuff, but dude. Bad feelings are like farts: we all agree that they are gross if you bring 'em out in public, but they're just something you've gotta deal with before you explode. You wouldn't feel like a failure if you needed to fart in a meeting, you'd just be uncomfortable for a while and deal with it at a more appropriate time."
"Ideally, you can get to a point where bad feelings are like bad weather - you know they'll pass. Just like when you know it's going to rain and you bring your umbrella, you'll know how to predict your feelings and what you'll need to get through them. If you haven't yet arrived at this place of acceptance, where even bad feelings are a part of you to include rather than to banish, then food will remain your preferred method of medicating yourself."
The tar in these pits hovers near the surface, but never really flow. They just sit there stagnant, mixed with bones and water and dirt. This is how my feeling be. They just sit there, not moving or flowing or burning or anything. They are just stuck. How to free them and make them more liquid, I don't know.
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