What do you do when you want to sit on the couch, eat cookies, drink wine, and cry? Easy. Sit on the couch, eat cookies, drink wine, cry. To some this may sound quite miserable, and maybe even a little sad, but I swear, it’s good stuff. Yup, UH-mazing; now before you all start feeling really bad for me and begin to question if I’ve been spending too much time home alone with my dog, let me explain..
As someone who strives to live their life in a spiritual way, you may be surprised to find that I don’t sit around all day chanting mantras, loven’ on angels, making magic wishes made of fairy dust, and pooping rainbows. I know, I’m just as upset as you are. The truth is, while I do love a good mantra it’s necessary to be sad sometimes. It’s important to honor your emotions, all of them, as there is a balance to everything in life. Being spiritual is so much more than maintaining a positive attitude, it’s finding beauty and value in your less than desirable moments. It’s not just feeling it, it’s figuring out where it came from, why, and how to move past it.
The “feel your shit” talk...what does that mean? That sounds terrible, unless we’re talking about the rainbows from earlier, I’m really all set. But seriously, can we change it to “Address your shit?” If we all just sat around “feeling our stuff” (keep it PG people) - we’d never get anywhere. What if we started feeling and DOING things about it? It’d be hard and might take time, a few mistakes, and some serious effort along the way, but changes would most certainly occur. Sometimes that hour on the couch is a healthy get-away because it creates an action step for positive change. Sometimes expressing sadness or anger is the most positive movement forward. It’s allowing all of the “icky/sticky” stuff we experience to move through us, not consume us. Sadness is real and yes, it can really suck but it’s also quite valuable. Let it drive you, not define you.
Let’s get this straight, it’s ok to throw yourself a pity party, just make sure it’s not an all nighter. Don’t mask the less than desirable thoughts or happenings in your life with sunshine and giggles, it won’t make them go away any faster. People who are on the spiritual path have bad days, they become frustrated, they eat cookies on the couch. They feel their ish and they do something about it. So next time you’re feeling down in the dumps, let it happen captain! You never know what kind of life change can come from a pint of ice cream and a season of New Girl ;)
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