I YAM What I AM

Mistaking Emotional Fluxes for Personal Identity
It’s just a feeling


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by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted

I am not my feelings

I was having a real come-apart over something the other day. I don’t even remember what and the reason doesn’t matter.

In talking with a friend, she commented that it was “just a feeling”.

After we hung up, it dawned on me what that meant.

I had momentarily gotten so identified with a feeling that I thought it was me. I felt threatened or confused or addled by something I was giving more power than it had a right to have.

Feelings come and go, flux and flow, ebb and wane.

Feelings are not who I AM. It’s just a feeling.

I AM is having a feeling in a body.

Regardless of what the feeling may be, I still am I AM. I am so much more than the little me that is having some sort of come-apart.

Just remembering that helps me to also remember that “this too shall pass” and not to start building such a story around my emotions that they take over my life.

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