Hello Friends! Junell here to share my April Light the Path project with you. This month is all about honoring our emotions.
What does it mean to honor our emotions and how do we go about doing that? Well, as Theresa discusses, the first thing we need to do is name the emotion and get very specific about it. She shares a tool with us called the Emotions Wheel that can help us identify a specific feeling. Instead of saying, for example, that you’re sad, go a bit deeper. Are you lonely? Are you feeling abandoned? Instead of saying you’re angry, be more specific. Are you feeling humiliated? Are you feeling disrespected? Giving our feelings a name helps to honor and validate them.
After taking a look at the Emotions Wheel I got the idea for my layout. I looked through my camera roll to see if I could find pictures of myself expressing strong emotions. And I actually found quite a few. I thought about that time in my life and what was going on and referenced the Emotions Wheel to identify the specific feeling expressed in the picture. I found “happy” pictures and “sad” pictures as well.
I used cardstock to create a circle template with the “pie chart” pieces and placed them over my pictures to cut out. I lightly adhered them to my background and made light pencil marks to see where I should paint the watercolors. I then removed the pictures and started painting. You may notice that the color I chose corresponds to the colors in the Emotions Wheel. After it dried I reattached the pictures and then added my title.
I wanted to identify the emotions in each picture, so I punched out some circles and wrote the feeling words on the circle. I first listed the most general feeling and narrowed it down to the more specific feeling. I wanted to include the actual Emotions Wheel to be able to reference later, so I Googled it and printed it out and added it to the page.
In order to honor our feelings, the second thing we can do is to actually feel our feelings. I know I always feel better after a good cry. Or giving myself some time to write it all out. Or vent to a compassionate friend. Theresa gives examples of how we can minister to our emotional needs. We can limit our interactions with others, put off making decisions, reach out for help, make time for creativity, get some fresh air. I suggest making a list of things you can do that you know will make you feel better and honor your emotions, not suppress them.
And the third thing we can do to honor our emotions is to remind ourselves that feelings pass. Emotions flow through us like a river. We will not always feel angry or sad. Tomorrow is a new day. I added a little die cut of what looks like a river underneath my title to remind me of that.
Light the Path has been a wonderful, enlightening, incredibly valuable resource for me! I hope you enjoyed reading about my project this month. You can find me at https://www.instagram.com/junell.kruzel/?hl=en