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May 11, 2020

Sitting with Hard Feelings (S2, EP2 | The Soul's Work Podcast)

Sitting with Hard Feelings (S2, EP2 | The Soul's Work Podcast)

"Just be grateful for what you have." "Don't worry, everything's going to be fine." "Just think positive." Have you ever heard these responses when you've shared some challenging feelings you've been going through? In this episode, we explore the gift of giving ourselves and others the space to sit with our hard feelings (and what happens when we don't).


In this episode, Janice talks about the struggles we often face in sitting with our hard-to-feel feelings (like sadness, anger, grief, and shame) when they come up. And are they ever coming up for her during COVID times and at ~1 month in her journey exploring her relationship with alcohol. 😩 Janice also discusses how we often unwittingly deny others of their emotional experiences, and shares some suggestions for how we can build our capacity to just be with all the feels. 💗

Recorded on: May 11, 2020

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Reflection questions:

  1. Which hard feelings are coming up for you during this time of COVID-19 and having to shelter in place?
  2. In general, which uncomfortable feelings tend to repeatedly come up for you (e.g., anger, shame, sadness, grief, loneliness)? Why do you think that is?
  3. How do you usually cope when your hard feelings come up? Is it working for you or would another response/strategy feel more supportive?
  4. If you were to share with a loved one that you're feeling the hard feelings, how would you like them to respond?
  5. What is your typical response to someone who is sharing their hard feelings with you? Why do you think that is?
  6. What is one new thing you'd feel comfortable doing to be able to sit with your hard feelings the next time they come up? 

Lots of love and self-love x
Janice