You Can’t Stop the Waves

When you avoid feeling your emotions, when you compartmentalize, when you tuck away something to feel another day, when you numb, when you use alcohol as a coping mechanism, when you avoid by working too much, when you blame others, or when you blame yourself, you are resisting the waves. You are fighting your waves of emotions, and it may work for a while, but eventually, you’ll run out of energy. By staying in the strongest part of the wave, the emotions will become unbearable.

But if you learn to ride your waves of emotions, they will pass and disappear more quickly. They behave as waves do; their power fading once they hit the shore, eventually receding away.

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn (Wherever You Go, There You Are)



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