Fear of Feeling?

Have you ever consumed yourself with a work project when you felt sad? Or turned to something sweet or salty when experiencing anxiety?  Admittedly, both of those distraction choices fit me. I sometimes resist my feelings, particularly the ones without a positive vibe. However, when I avoid a feeling rather than face it, I simply delay the inevitable. Whether it is five minutes or five years later, unresolved pain often resurfaces. It is as though I am sometimes afraid to actually feel, yet often find release when I do. 

Have you ever felt better after a good cry? Or been relieved after describing the sensation of the big lump in your throat during a frustrating moment? Identifying a feeling and experiencing the feeling takes its power away. If you are here, you have survived hard things in life. You may choose to be afraid of your feelings or face them.  

Are feelings that important in mediation and conflict resolution? Feelings certainly play a role in conflict. Feelings are neither right nor wrong. You get to feel whatever you feel. However, your feelings are not facts. They are your feelings, which others may or may not share. Being able to identify feelings helps get to the underlying need and begin to create ideas for resolution.  

Life brings opportunities to experience both positive and negative emotions. Avoiding or delaying a feeling only tends to give it more power. Are you paying attention to your feelings, and allowing yourself space to feel? 

Sherry Ann Bruckner

Sherry Ann Bruckner

Most widely known as Lonzo's human, mediator, speaker, and author Sherry Ann Bruckner works with leaders and organizations to create peace, resolve conflict, and transform visions into results.

From her twenty-plus years' experience practicing civil and family law, and her own personal experiences with silence and violence, Sherry Ann understands how much inner peace impacts outer peace. A graduate of Hamline University's College of Liberal Arts and William Mitchell College of Law, she also studied conflict resolution at Rothberg International School in Jerusalem. Sherry serves as a neutral on matters ranging from bias and employment discrimination to marriage dissolution and caring for aging parents. A speaker and trainer on the global stage, Sherry gives you and your audience practical skills and the confidence to use embrace your personal power to create peace. Through helping thousands of people navigate their way through conflict, and finding her own way to inner peace, she shares the transformational power of clarity, compassion, curiosity, and cribbage.

Visit brucknermediation.com/services to learn more or give her a call at (320) 808-3212.
Sherry Ann Bruckner

Be gentle with you. Be gentle with all. Be the peace.