Some days there is just more of a struggle. I try on those days to just let those thoughts that are drifting in and causing an emotional disturbance to just drift on through. I love the term ‘emotional disturbance’ as it really describes what is happening at those precise moments that we experience suffering on our heart and soul levels. Suffering is an umbrella for the multitude of feelings that come up when those ‘disturbances’ set in and inform us of situations or events that do not meet with our expectations, or our liking. Life has a habit of presenting things that just don’t always sit right with us. And so when that happens, our reaction stirs our emotions, and the storm begins. I love when there is an appropriate metaphor for what we experience in our life. It gives us a frame of reference and the ability to understand our situation and the feelings that we have around them in a way that we can process them and then hopefully accept and change our perspective, shifting the energy around it so that it is no longer a disturbance, but part of our process and journey to our best self. Struggle and suffering are part of life. I know you have seen so many quotes and passages about weathering those storms, how they lead us to growth, how they are the lessons that our soul has come to learn, and that without these pinnacles, we would not reach beyond who we are to who we can become. I have a friend who always says, “embrace all” –embrace everything life has to offer. Embrace what you perceive as the ‘good’ and ‘positive’ with the same open heart and mind as you would the ‘bad’ and ‘negative’. Embrace the struggle, the moments of suffering, the emotional disturbances that sometimes plummet you into such a dark place. Embrace means to accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically. Welcome those feelings with open arms, take them to heart so they can make an imprint on your consciousness, so that you can get whatever piece of your puzzle from the experience. And then release those feelings – letting them go so that they drift on through, leaving you with self-knowledge, and a pure and contented heart.
Jill Alman-Bernstein is an Intuitive Empowerment Coach, Soul Realignment Practitioner, inspirational writer, freelance editor and writer’s coach, deep sea soul diver, mother, and mermaid. She is the creator of the platform I Must Be A Mermaid focusing on inspiration, empowerment, personal growth, and transformation.