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“We are so unused to emotion

that we mistake any depth of feeling for sadness,

any sense of the unknown for fear,

and any sense of peace, for boredom.

We are so schooled away from the life below, that anything beneath scares us.”

~ Mark Nepo from “The Book of Awakening”

It’s a scary place to start to look at ourselves beneath the surface. To face who we are when no one is looking.

We are afraid of what we might find and the depth of our feeling. Yet this is the place where the heart can truly open to all the experiences and feelings that have been denied.

I like how Mark Nepo reflects,  “When we bring up what we keep inside, it is sacred and scary, and the rest of us don’t know if we want to touch it or not, like reaching from a ladder into a nest of baby birds….But I invite you to anyway… For each of us is a fledgling that eventually, if fed, will fly.”

May we find the courage to reach for the sacred place with kindness and a gentle touch.

Nurture your precious baby birds. Let them grow strong and fly.

28 comments on “Depth of Feeling

  1. Amen! ❀️ πŸ™πŸ½ πŸ¦‹

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  2. Excellent book

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    • Indeed it is! Thanks Mark. I enjoy revisiting gems from the past. The wisdom is many faceted. Enjoy your weekend πŸ’–πŸ₯³πŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜Ž

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  3. Wow. Very pretty. I’ve never read any of Nepo’s books.

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  4. Clare Murray Volo

    So true & feels very timely for me.
    In gratitude for you & your offerings, ValπŸ™β€οΈ

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  5. I loved this, and needed to hear it today as it’s one of those days I’m struggling to avoid some feelings.
    Your post reminded me of something I read this morning by Jung, rephrased β€œkeys of paradise are in the darkness of our subconscious” where we have stored all that we’ve denied.
    Thank you!

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  6. Beautifully true Val.

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  7. In my experience, people who aren’t in touch with their emotions, reach for ANGER. When they are scared or frightened, they exhibit ANGER. When they are sad ~> ANGER. When they are bored ~> ANGER. When they are frustrated ~> ANGER.

    It’s their “go to” emotion and it makes them not too fun to be around.

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    • I like this perspective Nancy. I’ve noticed that some people who are submissive or feel controlled feel more alive and powerful when they let their anger go. Some say it’s an addiction to the Adrenalin rush as well as a learned behavior from a parent. Anger is fascinating!

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  8. When we allow ourselves to overcome the fear of this place, we unlock so many secrets!!
    Sending all good thoughts and energy to you, Val. Hope Spring brings beautiful renewal! ❀

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  9. Lovely post, Val. You reminded me to pull out my Book of Awakening again. I read through it for about three years but it’s just been sitting on the shelf a while now. You reminded me to dust that off and keep it where I can read it daily. Thank you, Val.

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  10. Lovely, inspiring post Val . thank you

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  11. lovely. simply lovely. thank you, Val.

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  12. Reaching for the scared, sacred places and seeing what they want to reveal. May the baby birds take flight when they’re ready. ❀

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