Learning to master our emotions is one of the most important skills of recovery. Too often, it is our mismanagement of difficult emotions that sends us seeking out escape from them…often in all the wrong places. In my recent VLOG about The Courage of Self-Connection, I shared some personal thoughts on managing emotional triggers (click here to watch). I have learned some valuable lessons in this area along the way, yet I am still far from perfect, learning as I go. I invite you to join me on this learning journey. Here is one talk I enjoyed listening to on this very topic, called “Emotional Mastery: The Gifted Wisdom of Unpleasant Feelings.” I invite you to share other resources you’ve found helpful in understanding and responding to the inner emotional landscape.
Join me in learning more about the complex world within. May we all continue to grow in our management and mastery of our own emotions as we continue to recover.
–Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley and author of Life After Lust. If you benefited from this article, please “follow” us on this blog and on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!