Rita offers many amazing insights in this episode, not the least of which is conveyed in the episode title, Journey to Your Center. Take a moment to consider what it means to move towards your center. For me, this strikes a big chord. Much like Rita, I have spent decades busy with work, volunteering and trying to deliver perfect results. I was so busy that I didn’t have or make time to pay attention to how I was really feeling about my life.
The only way to truly feel one’s feelings is to be still and quiet. It requires asking yourself difficult questions such as, “Why did I snap at my husband/wife/kids/mom today?” Was I feeling pressure to pick up the house because friends were coming over tonight and I didn’t have time to respond with patience and kindness? Guess what!?! Within this simple scenario I am losing myself because I’ve diminished the importance of my own needs and overcommitted myself to friends. I’ll also go to bed more exhausted than the prior night and more abrupt conversations will happen again tomorrow. The cycle continues.
For me, learning to feel my feelings has taken months of effort to scratch the surface; this is foundational to the journey of discovering your true purpose. Said differently, it’s learning what makes your soul sing. Feelings are like an onion with many layers to expose to identify the real reason I sacrifice myself working excessive hours, sitting on too many boards and holding myself to an unachievable standard of perfection. In my episode of Fantastic Humans,I reveal the interpretation I made as a young child that shaped my pursuit of perfection and that interpretation is only half of the answer. I’m grateful forFantastic Humans such as Rita who gently and persistently nudge me and thousands of other joy-seekers towards really feeling our feelings.
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