“Unseen, unexpressed parts of us are the source of our suffering” – Carl Jung.
When we have something that we can’t express, it can lead to mental illness and emotional difficulties.
We will also get increasingly frustrated and resentful at others.
Our ability to recognise what’s unexpressed in our hearts and find a way to speak it is crucial for our fundamental happiness.
I’ve talked about it in youtube here:
Buddhism teaches that we are a Buddha as we are. Suppressing of our emotional truth is equivalent to denigrating ourselves, who are a Buddha.
We will never become truly happy if we’re not true to ourselves. And yet, we are often unaware of our emotional truth because we unconsciously push away our vulnerability.
The benefits of exploring what’s unspoken is that things that upset us often indicate our needs are unmet, or our values are compromised.
Rather than pushing away our vulnerable feelings, it’s useful to sit with our feelings a little bit longer and listen to our unspoken voice.
You can do this by gently and non-judgementally ask yourself “Which needs are unmet? What does this hurting part want right now?”
It’s crucial to cultivate the ability to recognise and accept our emotional truth. It will help break free from feeling overwhelmed and reactive to the situation.
With this ability we can stay present when negativity arises, and meet a challenge with courage and care.