Our feelings are a precious and powerful life navigation system. When we listen to our emotions we can more easily recognize what we need, what we are called to and what we need to let go of.
We are always in touch with our emotions, only that some of us have become experts at numbing ourselves to the experience of our feelings.
What is emotional numbness?:
The most common symptoms of emotional numbness are:
How to get in touch with your emotions:
If you have been numbing yourself for a while you may be unaware of how much pain you’re actually in. I use the metaphor of an overstuffed closet for this: if you have been putting your unfelt emotions in bags and stuffing them in your closet, once you decide to open the closet doors you may be overwhelmed by the mountain of bags that may start to fall over. A certain amount of anxiety is normal during this process. Here are a few steps to prepare you for getting back in touch with your emotions:
Using the tool of writing to process emotions: What You Feel, You Can Heal: A Guide for Enriching Relationships by John Gray