Affective transformation

Sometimes owning our pain and bearing witness to struggle means getting angry. When we deny ourselves the right to be angry, we deny our pain.*
(Brené Brown)

sadness helps access joining, fear helps open perceiving, anger helps open knowing, and joy leads the way to drawing**

Sometimes, the thing that makes us angry or brings us pain is the thing that provides us with a trajectory for our lives. It is not where we stay but where we travel from:

Life is never made unbearable by circumstances but only by lack of meaning and purpose.^

(*From Brené Brown’s Braving the Wilderness.)
(**From Kelvy Bird’s Generative Scribing.)
(^Erich Fromm, quoted in Dan Ariely’s Payoff.)

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