My truce with fear and anger was tenuous at best.
Though I spend hours with clients, helping them ease into feeling their feelings and feel them in their bodies, it has always been with the understanding that we want to get our emotions to "go away" so we can get un-stuck and make better decisions. That feelings must be felt (as annoying and inconvenient as that may be), but then we can move on to something better than the pesky feeling-state.
I was preparing for something that was making me really nervous and internally wobbly (trying to feel it so it would go away), and one of my wise coaches said to me, "Fear is not the enemy - it's just information. What is your fear here to communicate to you?"
ALL of our emotions, even so-called 'negative' emotions, have powerful messages for us.
When my coach said this, I knew immediately that she was right. And it is changing my relationship to emotions radically.
Just as important as our mind, just as important as our bodies, just as important as our spirit - our emotions, each of them, really deserve a sacred place at the table of the inner high counsel that helps guide us on our entrepreneurial and life journeys.
Our minds really can't do the job alone.
Oh, precious mind. How quickly it can turn a thought around, how it can see the truth, how it can read, and reason and think big, juicy thoughts. But alone? Left to it's own devices? Running the whole show? Disaster. I did that for years in Corporate Accounting and ended up miserable, until I started taking some other sources of information seriously - specifically, my body and spirit.
But even then, as I willingly stepping onto the path of living my life a different way - learning to change my mind, honor my body, and listen to my spirit's deepest longing - I still treated my emotions like an unwanted, unworthy, step-child.
We need ALL of ourselves present and accounted for to create what we most long for.
Calling all of ourselves home, embracing all of who we are, is one of the most important guiding principles in my own life and business and in what I work with my clients to do. I was astonished to realize my inadvertent focus on eliminating this essential part of our incredible wisdom. I am grateful beyond belief to the energetic intentions, coaches, and books that conspire to continue leading me toward deeper healing, greater clarity, and a more complete acceptance and expression of ALL of who I am.
What is alive in you right now?
What stories are being spun by your mind about your ability to create a sustainable business? What is your body helping you accomplish today? What vision is your spirit really nudging you toward? What are your emotions telling you about the choices you are making and want to make for you, and your business?
Namasté to you, business yoginis!