raw and vulnerable – facing my core emotions
I feel like the theme of my writing has been “its been a while since I have written”, and it’s true, it has been a while since I have written, and I think it’s because when I am working so hard internally, I become detached with everything else around me.
The work in therapy the past couple of weeks have been really hard but good work! My therapist keeps telling me “I am so proud of you, you are working so hard and you are on such a different path than you were just months ago” – and I believe that because I feel it.
I have been trusting and learning more and more of what it means to work with my feelings and emotions “as” I have them; not pushing them away until I can find empowerment over them.
I am still waking up in the middle of the night with “crying wake up’s”, and instead of forcing myself back to sleep like I normally do, I have been grabbing my phone or laptop when I wake, and write notes down on how I feel, what I woke feeling, and what the tears mean… I have even allowed myself to stay with the emotions and feel them instead of pushing them away by falling back to sleep.
It hasn’t been easy, and I hate the way it feels, but I do notice the more I do that and allow myself to be with the emotions that show up, the more connected I feel to talk about them.
My therapist always tells me “every tear is a tear of healing” “every tear has a story and meaning behind it” – when in the past I would think tears = weakness or tears = consequence.
I left session Friday feeling as if we peeled back an old scar and left it wide open to see all the insides exposed, and the only TRUE way to re-heal that old scar, is to take care of the insides instead of just throwing a band-aid over it.
Sometimes, we need to open old wounds so that we can treat it the way it should have been treated, so it can heal the way it needs to be healed – – and that is with truth and understanding. If we don’t get to the CORE of our wounds, it will never fully heal.
I have been working so hard on looking into those wounds and facing the core of how they got wounded, and a part of the healing has been about feeling and accepting.
Something I have really struggled with in the past was “acceptance” – acceptance of support, love and care from my therapist in therapy, and I didn’t realize just how needed that is in the process of healing, and how accepting those things doesn’t mean “dependence” – it means I am saying YES to me and YES to the younger parts that never had the support I have now.
The other night, I felt some really big feelings and I leaned in and emailed my therapist (which I don’t normally do unless I ABSOLUTELY need it; even though he tells me to lean in anytime I need it) .. well I leaned in and I opened myself up to support at a real vulnerable time IN the emotions, and he was so proud of me for leaning in and by leaning in and talking about my feelings, I was able to accept his support back and know “I am not alone and I am heard and supported” ..
It helped! It helped heal a little bit of that wound in the corner that still has a hard time healing. I took a small step and in that step I learned to accept.
So, in my quietness lately, I have been really work hard within, and I am really hoping that I can take this acceptance and start writing more about this important process! I hope to write more because when I write and connect with others, I do notice healing happening there as well …..
So, as I sit here on this Sunday morning, I am thinking about the week ahead and I am looking forward to see where this path continues to take me in therapy and in the steps I am making all around my healing.
Acceptance, being with these emotions that show up, and really facing the core feelings and emotions that show up and what they mean ….
I am learning more and as much as that is scary, it’s equally exiting to know I am finally facing the wounds that need to heal the way they should have healed.
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December 13, 2015 at 5:12 PM
That is wonderful! Good for you for taking on the hard work and getting better. I celebrate your “quiet” time. Be proud of yourself!
December 13, 2015 at 11:36 PM
Sounds like you are making some great progress. Thank you for sharing it and your writing with us.
December 14, 2015 at 10:23 AM
So proud of you, my friend! Opening up is not easy; of course, for me…I share way too much sometimes…or do I?! I love what your therapist says about tears: “every tear is a tear of healing” and “every tear has a story and meaning behind it”. So glad to hear that you are able to go to those emotions that have caused your waking in tears; and that you can begin to figure out the why’s. As you reflect, and “lean in” to your therapist – or even others as you learn to trust and share – I pray you continue on this road and share what you are learning with us, your readers…your friends!!
December 14, 2015 at 4:51 PM
It is good to see you able to choose to feel the feelings. That shows that you are honoring you inner self. 🙂
December 14, 2015 at 8:27 PM
o of you dear.
December 15, 2015 at 3:48 PM
really deep and inspiring work here. It is SO hard to get in touch with, and stay with, those core wounds. I’ve been there myself lately, and empathize with how hard it is so do. So nice work. (I finally made it on your actual site to comment! 🙂 )
December 15, 2015 at 5:16 PM
You’re so brave to enter your core feelings, and carry them out, wearing them on the outside so they can be witnessed. It’s no laughing matter when we actually lean in on someone. What a gem your therapist is, and what a gem you are, bright eyes.