Releasing Emotions; You are Not Your Emotions – Skye Hirst, PhD

Emotions can hit you, it seems,like an involuntary reality over which you have no control. Emotions can be our friends for inner guidance. Listening in on what is “up” at any given time can provide you with help in knowing what to do, what not to do.

But, when those emotions are anxiety that feel so connected to who you are, then they don’t feel like friends that want to help.

“Releasing” emotions is way for listening to them and allowing them to change. If you think you can’t do that, that’s ok. For now, in this now, whatever you are experiencing, the road map is in your body. Within us is an inner landscape that has colors, shapes, textures and constantly changing relationships. This inner terrain is rich with wisdom and stored knowing. It has a “felt sense” to it.

To begin this releasing process, focus on your body, what do you notice? What “felt sense” wants attention? It might be a tight muscle in the neck, or stomach. Just bring your attention to it and allow yourself a bit of time to hang out with it in any way you can.

We’ll begin a series of steps to walk you through this allowing process. I hope you’ll join me soon to see how you can learn this method to release any emotion that keeps showing up.

You are not your emotions. They are energy like waves that form and dissolve as you notice them, allow them without resisting. There are lots of ways to use this wonderful, natural and always available process. See you next time.


What does it mean? We all do better when we all do better?

This seems so obvious, but to deeply consider these words, pause, give yourself a mini-break, a moment of “me-time.”

Recently I attended a graduation at a local community college. There I witnessed how every person in the organization from administrators, to teachers, mentors, legislators, sponsors, students all pulled together to help one another complete the tasks of study, learning, growing towards a degree. It was like everyone was rowing together – the boat moved across the finish line with everyone aboard. Many of this finishing group go on to serve community with their newly acquired skills and developed talents.

What work, or effort are you engaged with that could use a few folks helping you get across the finish line? Doing better together just feels good on so many levels. Notice for yourself today how you may be rowing together with someone else who is trying to get across a finish line. And let us know how doing better together made yours and other’s life better.