Negative Emotions: How hard to let go of?
How often do we let negative feelings overwhelming us? Whether is anger, fear, jealousy, guilt, shame, pride. Have you stopped to ask yourself what good are they doing you? What purpose are they serving?
More commonly than not we tend to cling onto negative emotions and let them spread into our relationships with others. We are angry at our spouse for forgetting to buy milk, we feel jealous of a colleague over a recent promotion, we fear our boss due to the latest downsizing, we feel guilty for not calling a friend in ages….and the list goes on and on. From a rational perspective all valid points. And then what? What are we supposed to do with all these adverse feelings? Day after day we feel dragged into a deeper negative spiral which rules our life and the way we connect to ourselves and others.
Instead, have you tried to let go of them? Not as easy as it sounds, though completely at your reach. You just need to give it a try. How does it work? The next time you start feeling any (or all) of these negative emotions, own them by acknowledging them for what they are, and then let them go. Free yourself from them. Say to yourself they no longer belong to you; they are just feelings to be released. Do whatever it helps you to carry on. Breathe in and out. Close your eyes. Clear your mind. Look at an inspiring picture. Listen to music. Independently of your method of choice, what matters is that you let go of the negative feelings. They do not control you or define you. They are not YOU. You decide how, what and when you deal with your emotions. And who knows if by focusing on feelings such as courage, willingness, acceptance, love, joy you can more easily and faster achieve your goals and live your best self.