If emotional wounds showed up on our bodies the same way physical ones do, we’d take them a lot more seriously.
That’s why I believe that emotional health is a metric of wellness just as critical as mental and physical health.
It’s also why I think it’s vital to be empathetic toward others. We never know exactly what other people are going through… and we’re more connected than we know.
Empathy is a practice, and it’s also a muscle we can strengthen. By being curious about **our own** emotions, we can start to develop deeper compassion for other people.
One way to cultivate curiosity about your own feelings is to simply allow yourself to feel them. Next time a strong feeling comes up – positive or negative – resist the urge to “numb” in response. Scrolling on Instagram, for example. 😉 In all seriousness though, most of us don’t wish to linger in anger, fear, or sadness…but some people find it difficult to register positivity, like a compliment. Whatever the feeling is, I challenge you not to chase it away, but to simply notice it.
I’m realizing that the more curiosity I have for myself and my feelings, the more space I have to feel empathy for others…to listen to them, to connect, to be with them in the moment.
What about you guys? Do you have an emotional health practice or ritual? 🌸