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Melody Beattie: Emotional Healing

Dec. 16, 2009

Here is a reading from Melody Beattie's book, "The Language of Letting Go, Daily Meditations for Codependents."

I recommend her books in regards to codependency for everyone. We are Now talking about a level of codependency, not one person to another, but I speak about the codependency among ourselves. We become codependent on various emotions within ourselves to sustain us. Move ahead and proceed to the next level of Who You Are. Rely on Who You Are to move away from being codependent no more.

Here's her quote for today's date.

Taking Care of Ourselves Emotionally.

"What does it mean to take care of myself emotionally? I recognize when I'm feeling angry, and I accept that feeling without shame or blame. I recognize when I'm feeling hurt and I accept those feelings without attempting to punish the source of my pain. I recognize and feel fear when that emotion presents itself.

I allow myself to feel happiness, joy, and love when those emotions are available. Taking care of myself means I've made a decision that it's OK to feel.

Taking care of my emotions means I allow myself to stay with the feeling until it's time to release it and go on to the next one.

I recognize that sometimes my feelings can help point me toward reality, but sometimes my feelings are deceptive. They are important, but I do not have to let them control me. I can feel, and think too.

I talk to people about my feelings when that's appropriate and safe.

I reach out for help or guidance if I get stuck in a particular emotion.

I'm open to the lessons my emotions may be trying to teach me. After I feel, accept, and release the feeling, I ask myself what it is I want or need to do to take care of myself.

Taking care of myself emotionally means that I value, treasure, explore, and cherish the emotional part of myself.

....Today, I will take care of myself emotionally. I will be open to and accepting of, the emotional part of myself and other people. I will strive for balance by combining emotions with reason, but I will not allow intellect to push the emotional part of myself away."

My love and peace in sharing this with you.


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