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Feeling unjustly betrayed or attacked by someone, even if we manage to stand up for ourselves, can disturb our peace of mind.
Trying to diffuse the event by reliving it in our mind, or attempting to toss it out by telling our self to forget it, will not chase away any lingering ghosts of hurt and anger.
Whether we obsess about something or sweep it under a rug, we are closing off the part of our self that feels—and it is not easy to shut down our feelings. To keep them numb we might raid the refrigerator or cookie jar even when not hungry, veg in front of the TV or computer, or engage the help of drugs, alcohol, or sex.
Instead of ruminating or denying uncomfortable feelings, it is healthier to notice and acknowledge them. Sometimes, observing thoughts and feelings, without judging them as good or bad, allows them to shift and resolve.
If simple awareness does not clear the fog of thought and feeling, this pleasant exercise can help:
Source: LifeForce Yoga
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