A Tough Emotion Can Hide a Valuable Message

By Susan David

Our difficult emotions aren’t just painful experiences that we need to tolerate. If we breathe into them for a moment, we’ll begin to see them as data that signposts our needs and values.

Guilt can signal to us that a recent action wasn’t aligned with the person we most want to be or that we want to make amends for a mistake. 

When we show up to a difficult emotion like this, it no longer owns us. Rather, we are able to use the data our emotion provides and move courageously in the direction of our values with greater wisdom.


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