How we relate to our emotions can deeply impact our experience of life, and how well we are able to pursue talents and passions. Trying to block or “escape” what we view as negative feelings or emotions can block access to parts of ourselves we might develop.
Laura L.C. Johnson writes in a Positive Psychology News Daily article:
“Mindfulness can help end emotional suffering. Mindfulness applied to emotions means “the nonjudgmental observation and description of one’s current emotional responses” (Linehan, 1993).
Some other ways to be mindful of your emotions are to:
* Observe your emotion. Note its presence. Step back. Get unstuck from the emotion.
* Experience your emotion as a wave, coming and going. Try not to block emotion.
Try not to suppress emotion. Don’t try to get rid of emotion. Don’t push it away.
Don’t try to keep emotion around. Don’t hold onto it. Don’t amplify it.”
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Cheryl Arutt, Psy.D., a psychologist specializing in creative artist issues, comments that “Many creative people carry the belief that their pain is the locus of their creativity, and worry that they will lose their creativity if they work through their inner conflicts or let go of suffering…”
From one of her guest articles on this site: “Affect Regulation and the Creative Artist.”
Read more and see video: “Psychologist Cheryl Arutt on Creative People and Sensitivity and Suffering” in article: Pain and suffering and developing creativity.
Article publié pour la première fois le 05/01/2015