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Take Ten

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

When we burn wood in the fire pit that we created in our yard, we often hang around to make sure that it has been properly extinguished before we leave it unattended. If even the smallest parts are still burning, the wind could restart the fire or carry a small spark from the fire pit to some other area of the yard and create an unwanted blaze. This reminds me of our emotions. Our feelings are fiery sparks which can lead to larger issues if they are abandoned or left unattended. We also try to cover them up and hide them. Doing this when it comes to our emotions is like trying to hide smoldering embers by covering them up with layers of newspaper. This will only lead to a larger fire. In the book Conscious Living by Gay Hendricks, he talks about how if we just gave our feelings ten seconds of our pure attention, most of them would be resolved. As simple as this seems, think about how many feelings we simply push down or force ourselves to ignore. Overtime, this can lead to larger issues in our relationships, physical wellbeing, and mental health. In line with what we learned about fire safety as children, here are a few strategies to support you in making space for your emotions. Stop. When a feeling arrives, simply stop, and give it ten seconds of your pure attention. This may feel challenging because we believe that we don’t have the time, or that we can’t show our emotions in certain environments or situations. If we don’t give our attention to what we are feeling in the moment, it will find some other way to express itself, and it will most likely be in a way that we don’t want. Drop. Once you’ve given your feelings that ten seconds of pure attention, you can drop it, or let it go. Holding on to it would be like watching a fire that you are certain has been extinguished out of worry that it might reignite again. Roll. During this part of the fire safety practice, we are advised to roll on the ground. So ground yourself by moving into your next moment. Once you have acknowledged your emotion and released it, it becomes a part of the past. Dwelling on the past may lead to feelings of sadness or depression. Ground yourself in the present moment to spark joy and create peace. This week I encourage you to give yourself time when you encounter feelings that you would otherwise push down. Free yourself from the weight that builds up when you don’t allow yourself to experience the fullness of your emotions. It only takes ten seconds. Manifestation Affirmations I am feeling the fullness of my emotions. I am giving my emotions my undivided attention when they arrive. I am grounded in the present moment.

Master Your Mindset to Manifest a Life You Love. Most Sincerely, Monica Marie Jones Your Soul Journey Guide

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