Navigating the Toughest of Experiences

Navigating the Hardest of Experiences


I write this with the hope of planting a seed. Studying this isn’t going to immediately change your life. Nonetheless, if you end up studying this, you are in all probability in the best place. It’s possible you’ll be scuffling with one thing in your life and in search of solutions. I am unable to assure I will give you any solutions, however hopefully, this may occasionally lead you in your personal journey and make it easier to discover your personal path.

Possibly you’re experiencing the extreme anguish of grief or loss. Possibly it’s crippling anxiousness that’s reaching the purpose of panic or probably your frustration is rising into anger and hopelessness. We come from a society that’s consumed with innovation, know-how, easy options, and fast fixes. And whereas the innovation and inventiveness current in our world in the present day has solved plenty of our issues and inconveniences, this reflection goes to deal with the experiences that seemingly don’t have any exterior answer. The previous adage of “this too shall move” would possibly come to thoughts. Listening to this cliche saying might really feel comforting or fairly the opposite; it could really feel invalidating and irritating to listen to in the intervening time of disaster and breakdown. This can be a tough tablet to swallow— generally the one factor you are able to do is endure the storm of feelings by sitting by them and assembly them otherwise. I need to pause there and emphasize the phrases “assembly them otherwise.”

I’m scripting this from the place that troublesome experiences and feelings are a part of the human expertise and might’t at all times be solved, mounted, or outrun. Nonetheless, they are often met with a special posture or approached from a special paradigm. Let’s begin by trying on the relationship between our feelings and resistance.

Noticing Resistance

Uncomfortable feelings are typically met with resistance. Resistance is the aware or unconscious means of doing every little thing we are able to to NOT should really feel a sure emotion. This can be making an attempt to actively push it away, block it out, stuff it down. It could additionally contain distracting ourselves from the sensation through the use of some exterior mechanism reminiscent of medicine, alcohol, meals, work, tv, social media, and even different individuals. Heck staying busy and always being preoccupied is a solution to not should really feel our emotions. Now we have created industries that allow us to show away from our uncomfortable emotions. Now we have realized to numb our ache in a myriad of the way, a few of that are socially acceptable and even praised. What if we tried one thing completely different? What if we turned inward towards the discomfort and the troublesome emotions?

Trying Inside

Turning your consideration from the exterior circumstances (e.g. the lack of a job, the lack of an individual, and so on.) to the inner emotions and sensations is a crucial first step. Exterior circumstances are sometimes exterior of our management and exist in what has occurred up to now or what’s to return sooner or later. Inner emotions and sensations are occurring proper now in our our bodies. Specializing in exterior circumstances tends to solely create extra anguish and hopelessness (as a result of in spite of everything, if we may have modified them, we’d have). What if within the second of feeling these intense feelings so deeply, there was a brand new response? What for those who presenced your self to those easy questions as you discover an uncomfortable feeling arises or as you sit by the storm of uncomfortable feelings:

What are the precise bodily emotions and sensations? (Typically it helps to shut your eyes and switch your head down towards your photo voltaic plexus and merely join with the sensations you discover in your physique)

Are you able to deal with this sense? Are you able to endure it only for this second and merely be with it?

Are you able to permit this sense to be there with no need to vary it? Are you able to sit with the ache or discomfort?

Are you able to welcome this sense? Are you able to invite it to be there? (Understanding that the extra you try to battle it and resist, it should persist)

Are you able to let go of making an attempt to withstand it or management it?

Disassembling the Best Lie of All

This straightforward line of questioning is aimed toward shifting our focus to our current subjective expertise. Its intention is to maneuver our consideration from out of our heads and into our our bodies. Turning our consideration from exterior circumstances and situations to our inner emotions can be a strong follow as a result of it fully disassembles what is maybe the most important lie of all of them:

So as to really feel at peace or really feel content material we’d like one thing exterior of ourselves to vary.

Different variations of this is likely to be that with the intention to really feel otherwise, I would like this to occur or I have to get one thing (e.g. more cash, a greater job, a special accomplice, and so on.). By practising the easy train above, you might be implicitly taking your energy again. You’re not in search of the savior or rescuer in one thing or somebody exterior of your self. You’re studying to be with your self—in good occasions and in dangerous. What a strong stance, particularly contemplating that for each minute of daily for the remainder of your life, the one particular person you’re going to be spending time with is YOU.

What a strong expertise to have the conclusion that nothing within the setting, circumstances, or different individuals wanted to vary with the intention to really feel full, entire, at peace and glad. It’s like coming residence to at least one’s self, awakening to a sense that had lengthy been forgotten.

Xavier Heditsian, MA, LPCC

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