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Inspiring words for those experiencing some stormy waves right now.

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“Just as the depth and stillness of the ocean lie hidden beneath the stormy waves on its surface, so the power of your essential nature lies concealed behind all of your turbulent feelings.

Struggling against your feelings only keeps you tossing around on the stormy surface of yourself, disconnected from the larger being.

Tossing in the waves, keeps you from going beneath them and accessing the power, warmth, and openness of the heart.

Letting yourself have your experience, by contrast, allows you to ride or surf the waves instead of being carried away by them.

In moments of allowing and opening to your experience, you are – you are there for yourself. You are saying yes to yourself as you are, as you are feeling right now. This is a profound act of self love.”

~ John Welwood from “Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships”

In the highs and lows of life, remember to be there for your self.


34 comments on “Don’t Struggle Against Your Feelings

  1. Sharon Lawrence

    Amen! ๐Ÿ™

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  2. A lovely, an important, reminder, Val. Thank you! โค๏ธ

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  3. Val, what a lovely and timely post. We must be on a similar โ€œwaveโ€ length today. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’œ

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  4. So true! Love this description of the stormy waves, very apt

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  5. I needed this today. Thank you, Val. ๐Ÿ’•

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  6. Thanks for this one, Val.

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  7. A Perfect reminder in that beautiful quote Val… So many right now need to remember to nurture themselves.. as we ride the waves of emotions..
    Much love dear Val and thank you โค โœจ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ™

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  8. Yah, crazy times! As Sue just said, a perfect reminder to tend to oneself and ride those waves. Blessings, Val. โค

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  9. Very beautiful words Val, this drifting through life so that we can feel it all ๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

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  10. THANK YOU. this really helped and boy o boy, today needed it!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

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  11. Love this Val ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿฅฐ

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  12. Good reminder, Val. It brought to mind one of my 2011 posts:

    Life, like the sea, is more than the turmoil on the surface; it is the body of water beneath.

    Each drop of water in the sea is one small aspect of our being.

    Below the surface are all the things for which we can be truly grateful.

    If we stay on the surface, our perspective is limited to those relentless crashing waves, the seemingly enormous problems in our lives.

    If we dive below the turbulence, we are embraced by vast reserves of inner peace and serenity.

    When we are feeling overwhelmed by wave after wave crashing down on our heads, we can dive deep, go within, take a breather by returning to the still, silent core of our being.

    Aah . . .

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  13. The sea is such a wonderful metaphor for dealing with our emotions, as Welwood illustrates. Wonderful wisdom, Val. โค

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  14. A beautiful reminder, Val. Thank you! ๐Ÿ’š

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  15. Beautifully pennedโœจ

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