It’s taken me many moons to learn how to sit with stress, tension, anxiety and depression – to not mask the feelings or to run from them, but rather, to inquire further into them:
Why am I feeling this way?
What is this experience teaching me?
How can I grow from this suffering?
Learning how to discern when to say no and when to move through the vulnerability, and not letting the opinions and expectations of others paralyse me with anxiety, is a daily work in progress. But we try, we listen, and over time, we adapt.
It’s the beautiful thing about growing older, we see how much of the stressing, the trying to please and be ‘special’ is really an f’ing waste of precious time.
Thus, rather than go my usual route in life - of keeping quiet to keep the peace, of not expressing myself in fear of negative feedback - I’m choosing to let life in and to show up in the world. To no longer hesitate to invest time and energy into what deeply matters to me, even if I disappoint some along the way.
Read the full post titled ‘Vulnerability’ at mindfulwitherin.com ~~~ 📷 Kal Loftus
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