It’s important for us to pay attention to our emotions. Naturally, we have less difficulty with the so-called positive emotions. People don’t mind feeling joy and happiness.
Fear, grief, and despair are uncomfortable. In our culture, we call them “negative” and think of them as “bad.” But these emotions are an inevitable part of the human experience – a rich, fertile, dark soil from which something unexpected can bloom. They bring us important information about ourselves and the world and can be vehicles of profound transformation.
If we try to escape from a hard grief, we may experience a general numbness. It is difficult to live a full life if we haven’t grieved our losses.
Adapted from an interview with Miriam Greenspan by Barbara Platek.
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