6 posts tagged emotion

Vulnerable

It's a risk. I'm afraid. What will you think of me? What will I think of me? If I tell my hidden truth? I feel so ashamed. How could I show you that? I can not take the chance of showing my true face to you. The idea of bearing it is terrifying. In fact, it is more than that, it is life threatening. My neediness threatens my life. It terrifies me. I don't want to feel it. I must protect from it. I can not need love. I can not show how I need you. I must protect who I truly am ...

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Performing

So good at the act that you forget what's true. So good at pretending that the unreal becomes real. What you feel is under your control. You can simply act it away. A mask of neutrality. Leads you to believe you might actually feel it. You can ignore your feelings. You can act forever. Yet at some point, the inevitable curtain comes down, and the performance ends. You are left with you; and the feelings you're pretending aren't there. If only for a moment. ...

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More Complex Than A Story Can Tell

In whatever shape it may take, whenever I hear a story, I find myself wondering how it is serving the person who is telling it. I understand what's being presented is not the whole story, and perhaps, it's not even half. It's the version of the story the storyteller wants to share with me and it's the version of the story they want to see. We can have a lot of unconscious motivations and intentions behind the stories we tell, and while it would be lovely to think they are all pure and ...

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The Motion of Emotion

My emotions are not me. They are my energy, in motion. I am not responsible for my emotions—I am responsible for what I do with them. It's interesting to me how much my feelings change, how much I am in a state of shifting emotion. This awareness affirms that in fact my feelings truly are in motion, and it affirms how unhelpful it is when I try to hold onto the energy they bring. My emotions are in motion for a reason, and attempting to control their movement, by stopping it and/or ...

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If Our Stories Were Our Truth, We Might Call Them That

We share stories to share our voice and our perspective in a way we feel will be emotionally impactful. We craft our stories in a particular way, changing them each time we tell them. We craft them from our experience and imagination, and the beautifully unique way we each perceive our world. They're not the truth, nor our truth. They are our stories. It's not even the whole story that we get the privilege of hearing or sharing with each other when we're storytelling. It's only a glimpse ...

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