When We Stumble Emotionally
What happens when we trip, and stumble along our journey, or even fall flat on our face? Do we search for the reasons for why it happened? How often do we think that life was going so well and now here we are, face down on the ground? My guess is that it has happened to all of us, and I can say with all honesty that it has happened to me more than a few times.
We then have a choice, stay face down, or pick ourselves up, learn the lessons, and continue on the journey. Mistakes are common in life. Yet can we use mistakes as a place of learning and growth, both spiritually and emotionally? The best we can do for ourselves is to know that we are doing the best we can at any given moment in life. We can also be easy on ourselves, show some self-love, wipe the dust and dirt off as we look toward the future.
This line of thinking causes me to ask my Inner Voice about what happens when we fall down—emotionally—and what we can do to rise up. My questions will be in italics for clarity.
When life appears to be going well but then we trip and fall emotionally, why is that?
There may be negative experiences in your life that have yet to be resolved that cause you to stumble. These experiences become active in the present moment because you have to address them at this time and place in your life.
Think of a sliver that has been under your skin for a while. Over time the sliver works its way to the surface. Although you may have forgotten about the sliver, when it gets close to the surface it begins to cause you pain. It is the same way with negative experiences that you have been trying to hold in, or have totally forgotten. The pain from the experience is still there yet it must be addressed at this time.
There is a reason why you stumble emotionally. To find these reasons ask yourself if there are any past emotional issues you have been trying to suppress. Do you need your own forgiveness because you have been hard on yourself? Or are there others in your life that need forgiveness? Forgiveness releases you from your past negative experiences and returns you to the present moment. You may have been more focused on the past than the present moment causing you to faulter emotionally.
Is it always about a past issue when we stumble emotionally?
Any emotional issue, past or present, will reveal itself when you are the most ready to resolve the issue. If you choose to ignore the issue, it will resurface at a later time. If you continue to ignore the issue, you are delaying any emotional healing that will benefit you now and in the future.
How does forgiveness help us resolve emotional problems?
The act of forgiveness is accepting that every life issue has an important lesson for your emotional, and spiritual growth. Many times people want to blame someone else for their problems. This behavior will only keep the problem festering within you, until you are ready to resolve the issue. Forgiving oneself for harboring the emotional pain is the path to releasing the issue from your consciousness. This will help you move on to a more stable place emotionally, then with time, it may be possible to forgive those who have caused your pain.
Any final thoughts on stumbling emotionally?
Be kind to yourself. Life moves quickly and before you know it, years may have separated you from the event that caused your emotional pain. When you stumble emotionally search for your self-love, and begin the healing process from this place of love. Then the lessons will reveal themselves to you in a kind, compassionate way. Otherwise, if you try to heal with a negative frame of mind, the lessons will be harder to recognize, and tougher to learn.
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