Posts Tagged With: Healing Through the Dark Emotions

Day 3712: What we have in common

What we have in common includes

  • a desire to love and be loved,
  • mistakes,
  • thoughts,
  • feelings,
  • problems,
  • solutions,
  • humanity,
  • being alive,
  • mortality,
  • taxes,
  • this world, and
  • many, many other things. That’s why group therapy is so powerfully healing, because people discover what they have in common (while also discovering what makes them unique).

Do you see what we have in common in any of my images for today?


What the Daily Birch and I have in common includes many things, but not drinking. Also, I hope I get good service for my car on Stop Bad Service Day.

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “what we have in common.”


What we have in common includes gratitude for all the wonderful people in our lives, like YOU.

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Day 3407: Good answers

People often come to therapy for good answers to troubling questions about life.

This book, which was recommended by my good friend and fellow therapist Megan …

… is giving some good answers to the question of how to deal with painful feelings in ourselves and others. Here’s what I’m reading this morning:

Though all emotional healing requires it, listening to pain is difficult — and the greater the pain, the more difficult it is to listen to. The dark emotions are uncomfortable; they are also contagious. Their energies flow through and between and among us without regard for the boundaries we erect to keep ourselves separate. If we are unable to tolerate some discomfort, it’s hard to listen to dark feelings in ourselves or others. Our best, most compassionate intentions are thwarted, our connections marred by the shadow of intolerable emotions. We become inured to the incessant cacophony of the world’s suffering, limited in our authenticity and responsiveness. And we suffer from not knowing the darker side of ourselves.

Greenspan, 2004, p. 15

Often a good answer to the unrelenting grief, fear, and despair in the world is to take a break from all that. Those breaks can be moments of deep breathing or getting away for a vacation. A good answer for me, here and now, is taking two weeks off from work, starting this Saturday, and flying to Portland, Oregon to visit my college roommate Maria.

Do you see good answers in any of my other images for today?

The Daily Bitch often has good answers, don’t you think?

Here’s my good answer to my own question of what music you would like to share with others:

I look forward to people’s good answers in the comments section, below.

Gratitude is a good answer for everything, so thanks to all who visit my daily blog, including YOU.

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