Emotions are an integral part of the human experience. They have the power to stir us up and move us, both physically and mentally. In fact, the very root of the word "emotion" is "emovere", which means "to stir up" or "to move out". And when we allow ourselves to fully experience and express our emotions, we tap into a rich source of creativity and vitality.
Unfortunately, we often view some emotions as "bad" or "negative" because they cause us discomfort or pain. We may even believe that these emotions should be suppressed or ignored altogether. However, when we deny or suppress our emotions, we cut ourselves off from an important aspect of our humanity. We also risk creating a build-up of emotions that can lead to harmful behaviors, such as aggression or self-harm.
Instead of judging our emotions as "good" or "bad", we can learn to simply experience them with curiosity and compassion. By doing so, we create space for them to move through us and release their energy, rather than getting stuck and causing us further distress. This is not to say that we should always act on our emotions, but rather that we should acknowledge and honor them as an essential part of our human experience.
Moreover, when we celebrate all emotions, we open ourselves up to the wisdom and insight that they offer us. For example, anger may indicate that a boundary has been crossed or a need has been neglected. Sadness may point to a loss that needs to be grieved. By paying attention to our emotions, we can gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and our needs, and make more informed choices about how to respond to the world around us.
In short, celebrating all emotions allows us to access a rich source of creativity, vitality, and wisdom. When we allow ourselves to fully experience and express our emotions, we create a more loving and compassionate relationship with ourselves and the world. So, let's embrace our emotions and all the ways they move us, and trust that they have something important to teach us!
Rory had been raised to believe that expressing emotions was weak. He had learned to bottle up his feelings, hiding them away until they exploded in huge outbursts or came pouring out after a few drinks.