Acting Out

Pause – When you feel yourself about to ‘act out,’ can you pause? Can you hold the tension and discomfort in your body and be curious about what is happening for you?

Can you think? I am feeling so much anger. It’s moving from my stomach up my chest, it feels like a volcano leaving my head. I feel like I’m about to explode. Can I stay here without saying or doing anything?

Then to reach in. What wound has been poked? What tender spot is aching for you to see it, hold it and witness it?

Can you hold that tender spot as you hold your inner child with all their feelings? Sending the sweetest embrace back through time to gently hold them?

This is one of the ways we can learn to hold ourselves when we feel the inevitable pain of living. It’s not possible to avoid all pain. Pain is part of life. How can we meet that pain in a new way?

I see you, and I, too, know the pain.

From one journeyer to another.