This phrase, “feelings are not emergencies,” was uttered to me over twenty years ago by my clinical group supervisor. I was just out of graduate school and had begun a private psychotherapy practice. She was helping us to mediate our responses to client’s intense emotions. It was easy to feel like they were emergencies! We’ve actually learned a lot since then about working with our bodies and emotional states and I am grateful.
However, they are treasures. Really? Really. They can be invitations into our depths”¦.the essential aspects of who we are beyond the type structure. Buried treasure. Learning how to move toward our inner experience, diving into the body rather than running for the hills, accessing resources as needed, we may find truth, beauty and love. Really? Really.