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The Art of Noticing: Exploring Our Difficult Emotions

My oldest son left for college. I was not prepared for how difficult it would be to send him off. My sadness is expressing in all sorts of ways. Some of it healthy and some of it not so much. How I know I am growing is (sometimes) I can notice when the waves of grief hit me and find ways to stay present until it passes. When I'm not able to do that and I snap at my husband or my frustration bubbles to extremes, I am (sometimes) able to acknowledge I'm not actually mad at life (or my husband). Instead, I am just very, very sad.

Below is a technique to help support us in those moments we are able to notice and name our big emotions. It is during such times that we must make every effort to carve out inner space. In doing so, we provide room for healing and compassion to gradually prevail.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. The light in me honors the light in you.

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