listen.

How do you honor your feelings?

Why do you think it is important to know what you are feeling? Do you take notice of what your body is trying to tell you or do you bypass your emotions, allowing your head to rule the day? Do you think other people's feelings are more important than your own?



It is important to know what you are feeling as feelings are the best personal response! Your feelings are like a compass, directing you through your life, so it is important to listen to what they have to say, as they can guide you into making the right choices. Your inner wisdom is brilliant - yet most of us ignore it by denying our gut
feelings and initial reactions. However, to do this can cause you harm
as it can lead you to befriend the wrong people, pursue inappropriate
career paths and be in relationships with the wrong person. How many
times have you said to yourself 'I knew I shouldn't have done that'?
So trusting and honoring your feelings is vital to achieving your best life ever!



Learn to trust that your feelings are there for a reason. Do you get an uncomfortable feeling every time you go to a certain event or meet a certain person? This could be your feelings telling you to Beware! Is your body exhausted or stressed - this may be your body telling you to
slow down a little and take care of your health. You may also find
that if you choose to ignore these feelings, they often get stronger and stronger and will not just go away! Often your feelings will escalate until you listen to them and pay attention to them. For example, if you ignore the fact that you are tired and exhausted, you may end up having a virus or a cold.



However, the choices you make as a result of honoring your feelings will bring you contentment, acknowledgment that you are on the right path and joy and fulfillment.



So, how do you honor your feelings?



Try the following steps:



1) When you feel something in your body, give it a name and identify
exactly what you are feeling



At least twice a day, ask yourself, What am I feeling?

Write your feelings down. Start each day by writing 'I feel.. and then keep on going



2) Try to understand what your feelings are trying to tell you



Are your feelings telling you you're anxious? Happy? Overwhelmed? If so, try and work out why! Are you working too hard? Are you about to do something which is not in integrity? Are you about to do something which is not appropriate to your life plan? Are you feeing anxious because you are about to try something new?



3) Affirm and validate your feelings



We are very good at invalidating our own feelings! We consider them to be unimportant, stupid or unacceptable. Many of us have even learned that it is unsafe to honor our own feelings. Try to listen and honor the way you feel - your feelings count! Try the following affirmation to assist you in validating your feelings:



* All of my feelings are acceptable

* I honor and respect my feelings

* I choose to have compassion for myself





In conclusion, your feelings are often the voice of your biggest desires which are waiting to be heard. They have so much to teach you and will always give you clues to your inner wisdom and the right path to follow.
Growing into the wonderful people we are meant to be requires honoring our feelings!

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