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Distinguishing between story and feeling is essential to navigating the difficult places in which at times we find ourselves stuck.

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He had lost his way in a miasma of angst, doubt, self-pity, and insecurity.

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Being an adult means taking responsibility for my own emotional life.

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A great deal of pain is caused, or at least made worse, by my determination to avoid pain. The intensity and power of anything I resist always increases.

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There is a haunting sense of lack that permeates much of life.

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It is not a word often used in routine conversation. But it is a reality frequently present in many lives. There are situations for most of us when we find ourselves perseverating.

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Life is filled with a complicated mix of complex feelings.

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Glennon Melton, blogger at “Momastery”, has suggested in a recent post that the questions we ask each other may have the power to save our relationships.

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I watch my daughter holding her youngest daughter who is crying. Actually, it is something between a cry and a scream. I do not know the word to describe this inconsolable wrenching wail coming from a shaking little two-year-old.

It is not that anything terrible has happened. She has not fallen or hurt herself. No one has taken anything from her. She is not frightened. But she appears utterly heartbroken, caught between impossible alternatives.

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I am so grateful for thoughtful blog responses that challenge me to think more deeply about something I have posted.

Jaqueline’s comment on my post “Feelings I,” particularly the “Attachment to Negative Feelings” section has caused me to continue to think about this issue. Of course, anything I say comes only from my personal experience, reflects my experience, and can never be mandated as the necessary pattern for any other person’s personal experience.
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