“How are you?”

“OK, you?”

“Yeah, fine”

Sound familiar?

How often we rush past each other, seemingly checking in on how we’re doing, but in reality not checking in at all.

And how often do we rush past ourselves, doing the same? Failing to connect with our felt experience of life. Failing to pause for breath and experience our emotions.

In this super busy, ultra fast, data driven world, it’s easy to not connect with our feelings at all, yet alone fully experience them, discern their qualities or express them in ways that make meaning. Feelings can bring up confusion and vulnerability and on some level we have blocked what we’ve learned to be afraid of.

Yet we are inherently feeling creatures. This ability we have to tap in to a deeper intelligence is a beautiful part of our human experience.

Feelings can be a key that unlocks the stories of our past, a window in the future we could have and a way to gain more fulfilment in the present. In connecting with feelings there is nothing to fear or lose and everything to gain.

I work with lots of clients who have huge brains and who spend a lot of time in their heads. If I ask them how they feel they don’t always understand what I’m saying. Yet their experience of life is one filled with emotion — worries, fears, excitements and desires drive much of their behaviour and many of their actions, whether conscious or not. Part of my job is to help them connect to this, so that they can deepen their connection with themselves, other people, their work and their lives. So I ask them ‘if that’s what your head says, what would your belly say if it had a voice? What words might your heart use to express it?’

So take a moment just now to check in with yourself:

  • How do you feel?
  • What emotions are in you?
  • What does your belly want to say?
  • What’s inside your heart that longs to have a voice?

‘…you think you’ve survived so long that survival shouldn’t hurt anymore. You keep trying to turn your body bullet proof. You keep trying to turn your heart in to a bomb shelter.

You are soft and alive. You bruise and heal. Cherish it. It is what you were born to do~ Clementine von Radics

Take care for now, Laura

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