Flowing Feelings

Josh Korda

Roberto La Forgia

The flowing, fast-moving water of a river is far less likely to contain impurities than trapped water that pools in swamps and hollows. Standing water is an incubator for bacteria, is often contaminated, unsafe to drink, a breeding ground of mosquitoes. 

When feelings are allowed to flow through the body, they too are safe; they do not poison or destroy the container that conveys it. But when our emotional life is blocked, put off by distractions and the busyness of life, it becomes toxic; pressure builds over time, it seeks out other routes; the blocked energy eventually floods, spreading all that has developed in this damaging state. 

And so when we open to our feelings as they arise, we create the causes and conditions of mental and physical health. This is what acceptance-based inner awareness entails; it is not a practice to put off, any more than breathing, sleeping, or consuming nourishment. 

From the Facebook page of Josh Korda, February 18, 2013. http://tinyurl.com/npv5lkj.

Illustration by Roberto La Forgia

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axiom666's picture

When I go through a phase of emotional depression,instead of locking myself up or rather going into a shell, I go out and socialise with people ( irrespective of any social strata ) and share my feelings and I have often found out that it gives me the strength to overcome the depression.

Gregg Williard's picture

Yes, this is fine and valid as far as it goes. I need much more, specifically about the basic how to of this practice. Yes, I try not to stifle or suppress (or repress) my emotional life; still, understanding what to learn from these emotions and what decisions to make that are informed by them continues to be very very challanging.

ladyjane9's picture

Thank you, Josh, for this pithy, PROFOUND reminder. I wish I had heard this 30 years ago, at the height of my toxically addictive behavior. The prevailing sentiment in therapy seemed to be that repression and denial of "bad" thoughts would teach one to act "normally." I stifled, stuffed, drank, and drugged may way through many unresolved feelings before finding my own inner awareness to lead me to people and places where a different concept of recovery existed. You are one of the people to whom I owe a debt of gratitude (which I continue to pay forward) for a much healthier sense of self and non-self!