The Discomfort of Feeling Concerned (A February Feelings Post)
Down to the final two days of the month, and the final two random GROK card draws for February Feelings. Here’s today’s-
The dictionary defines concerned as troubled or worried. Concern may show up in the body like a curdled stomach, or a fretful brow. Sometimes I feel concerned for myself. Sometimes I feel concerned for others. Feeling concerned is uncomfortable and most of us don’t like to sit with it. We may numb ourselves with busy activity, or whatever takes the edge off.
Mindfulness can help us cope with uncomfortable emotions. Practicing mindfulness means being aware of feelings with openness and non-judgment, but without over-attachment. We’re not trying to deny, suppress, outrun, or cling to our feelings. We are trying to be aware of them, and entertain them as visitors. I like using mindful statements while feeling uncomfortable feelings. Here’s an example-
I notice I’m feeling concerned. This is uncomfortable. I’ll take deep breaths while this feeling visits.
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