It’s simple to stay the course in life when we feel delight and joyous synchronicity. But can we live close to the heart of ourselves and the heart of life when we feel disappointment and frustration, grief and pain? Can we stop, pause and be with how we are touched instead of escaping through addictions or rushing to get past it?

Many of us are skilled at turning away from uncomfortable experiences –– you know, that heaviness in your chest, persistent ache in your lower back, anxiety, random pain that signals energetic change is trying to occur. We haven’t been taught to be with our feeling experiences fully. Instead of facing into what we feel, we often deny these inner signals, gut feelings and intuition, ignore our discernment and lose power as we move farther away from ourselves. The ways we avoid, betray and leave ourselves to feel more secure are often so subtle we don’t recognize them as tired strategies that separate us from ourselves and increase a sense of insecurity. Read more