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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.






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solivolo
Aug 28, 2023

Well stated Diana, the emotions are truly a mix of sadness and loss, yet overwhelming sense of pride that our kids are paving their own road to their version of greatness! I love this practice - embrace it as real and move forward in our own way and time! Thank you!!!

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Diana DeVaul
Aug 28, 2023
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It’s a very real loss but thankfully tempered by the happiness of seeing our kids follow their dreams. Grateful to have friends like you in this same season of life who ‘get’ it.

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Guest
Aug 28, 2023

Thank you for sharing your feelings to help others having the same feeling. I love your suggestion and I hope it helps others too. Just remember you prepared JR well and he is soaring! LOVE you! ❤️💜

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Diana DeVaul
Aug 28, 2023
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Thank you.💜❤️ We have to honor the truth of how we feel so that we can be present for the good stuff, too. It’s getting better but I sure do miss him!

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