I found a 12 step group that is close to me and my therapist feels that I need to get out there and face my fears. The group is called, W.I.S.H., Women In Sexual Healing. On the back of the pamphet there is a list of emotions by Pia Melody. What I thought was so nice was that the emotions were listed by gifts they bring to one's life. Here they are:
Anger = Strength, energy, motivation Fear = Wisdom, protection Pain = Healing, growth Loneliness = Reaching out, and reaching in Shame = Humility, humanity Guilt = Amends, values
I've been overwhelmed and feeling all these things the last few weeks. I never thought of the gifts these emotions bring.
I can use my anger to drive me forward and get me up and make me work harder. I can use my fear and pain to learn how to heal and to protect myself so I can get stronger. I can use my loneliness to reach out to those around me and to look within and find out what I need. I can use my shame to know that I am human and I can use my guilt to learn how to forgive myself and figure out what I think is right and wrong. When I am overwhelmed and low I can know that my HP is there, sending me messages on the back of pamphets, whispering in my ear.