Understanding Feelings

Not to feel is to stop the heart from breathing.
~ Mark Nepo

Sometimes we get into a funk. Things don’t go our way, and we face disappointment and sadness that life doesn’t resolve itself as we’d like. We wish for only happy events in our lives, a smoothe ride.

But the truth is, the heart cannot know true happiness without knowing true sadness. We cannot dip into gratitude without washing in disappointment from time to time.

And so we are forced to face the fact that life is filled with feelings, and to try and avoid these feelings is to deny ourselves the full experience of life.

“The truth is, that as the lungs make use of the air we breathe, the heart makes use of the things we experience. Thus, to be alive is to feel. This is our right. To feel keenly is our necessary privilege.” Nepo

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