There’s a lot of bad stuff happening in our lives all the time. We tend to make sense of this by ignoring our emotions and flip-flopping between hope and fear. There’s a voice inside our head that pipes up, get real! Don’t dare hope for better and at least that way you won’t be disappointed when failure inevitably comes. So when good things do happen, the same voice will tell you, it won’t last or it’s too good to be true.
One of the main reasons we tend to suppress our emotions is we often don’t feel comfortable dealing with the more complex situations we can find ourselves in. So we tend to opt for simplicity over complexity especially when we have a reasonable expectation the difference in outcome will be negligible or at least tolerable.
The truth is emotions can be the best available compass in a given moment to deal with the mess and chaos that life throws at us. Expressing emotions in a safe space is like being part of a crazy jazz ensemble. There are no rigid rules to follow but, in the collective energy, there is plenty of scope for individual expression.