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The Power Of Choice

We all find ourselves at times, intensely enraged, upset, and even violent. In those moments, we have a choice. Either to react defensively or to go within, and sit with ourselves and acknowledge what is the cause of our suffering. None of us are immune to violent emotions; they are part of being human. It's what we do with them that makes a difference. Controlling your emotions does not resolve them. Emotions need to be acknowledged, accepted, understood, and then within ourselves, or in a therapeutic setting, be moved, released, and expressed. In this way, they can get integrated, and become a source of strength and wisdom, rather than a source of suffering and inner irritation. Educationally and culturally, we don't receive the tools to do that, which leaves our emotions bottled up to fester and eventually explode destructively. I believe that since we cannot avoid suffering, we should make the best of it. As far as I am concerned, there is nothing wrong with suffering. It seems to be an integral part of living: it tenderizes the soul and deepens our compassion; it inspires us to create, and, most importantly, it nudges us to transform. We need to respect our suffering as much as we respect our desire for happiness. Suffering, if we move through it with compassion and awareness, is a great mentor. It is, in fact, our guide to happiness. As we listen attentively to our suffering, we discover what our soul is crying for. Our longings and needs tell us what’s most important to us. By listening closely, we can distinguish between addictive, compulsive cravings and true soul needs. Once we distinguish our needs, we can learn to nurture and guide them.

If you are ready to understand your emotions instead of bottling them up. This is a choice! Take the first step towards your potential life.


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