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raining-man“Love your wanting. Praise your desires. Be proud of your feelings, and glad for your actions. What moves your hand? Happiness. What sparks your thoughts? Happiness in you. What pulses in your heart with desire? Happiness. What gives those desires names? Happiness.” -Bruce M. Di Marsico, The Option Method

“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.” -Khalil Gibran

Life begins with feeling.

Before the world is contemplated by the mind, it is tasted, seen, smelled, heard and touched through the senses.

Being-ness is not the object of belief.

The fact of our existence is neither mediated nor inferred by thinking, but is viscerally apprehended through what Terence Mckenna calls “the felt presence of direct experience.”

Ken Wilber refers to this primitive awareness as “the simple feeling of being.”

To feel is to be. To be is to feel.

We are, first and foremost, creatures of sensation.

Even when we reason about the world, our thought processes are moved along by the engine of feeling.

The desire to know is a feeling. The passion for understanding is a feeling. The longing to make sense of things is a feeling. The fear of being wrong is a feeling. The concern with being right is a feeling. The dissatisfaction with simplistic answers is a feeling.

The lover of logic is driven by the passion he feels for objectivity and intellectual rigor.

The one who looks contemptuously upon those who are driven by feeling, is himself driven by his own feelings of frustration.

No matter how we orient our lives, feeling precedes us at every turn.

In Their Eyes Were Watching God,  Zora Neale Hurston wrote:

“There is a basin in the mind where words float around on thought and thought on sound and sight. Then there is a depth of thought untouched by words, and deeper still a gulf of formless feelings untouched by thought.”

Everything we think, say, and do arises from a primordial feeling-space.

To deny, disregard, or disparage our feelings is the ultimate act of self-negation.

We cannot condemn our capacity for emotional and sensory awareness without contradicting the very essence of who we are.

The task of philosophy is to help us reawaken and recover that which comprises our most intimate connection with all that is: feelings!

“Out of the heart flows a wellspring of life.” -Proverbs 4:23

Quiet your mind and trace your thoughts back to their source in the inexhaustible depths lying at the center of your being.

Remain present and feel deeply.

Hark! The wind of passion
Swiftly weaving over your soul
Bless the surge of thunder rolling onto your shore
Greet the deep emotion
That sleeps beneath the ocean floor
Watch elation bound release it’s furious roar

Feel! Feel! Feel! Feel what you long to
Feel! Feel! Feel! Feel what you long
To feel

Flee from the snares that wish to
Deny how you feel
Hope, live , love, yearn
And feel, feel what you long to

-Michelle Tumes, Feel

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  1. T.K. I love this post!! And I love that you quoted one of my favorite authors from one of my favorite books (read long ago, but still viscerally remembered!). Their Eyes Were Watching God. I think when people really start to get this, that feelings are the basis of all our experience in the world, that perhaps there will be a shift towards a much greater presence of lovingkindness in this world!! Thank you. Inspiring, as always! Cheers 🙂

    1. Cheers Audrey 🙂 Yes, Zora is one of my favorite writers and thinkers of all-time. I’m glad you love “watching God” too 🙂 I agree with your claim that it would radically change our world if we placed more emphasis on emotional intelligence. Cheers to feeling deeply 🙂

  2. This reminds me that over the past few years I’ve felt as though one awakened, that I’ve risen from a great slumber and discovered a forgotten chest. Within are feelings that when combined have instilled a passion within me, a passion for experiencing, a passion for doing, a passion for expressing all that I’ve rediscovered. Thank you for the reminder and the wise advice.

  3. I am led by feelings. Knowing how you want to feel is an amazing guide. At the moment I am feeling emotional pain but even that I’ve learned to lean into. It’s human and real. It’s how we learn and grow.
    I enjoyed this piece. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Brenda 🙂 I believe there is much wisdom to be found in our feelings and it is wonderful to see so many thinkers and feelers urging us to consult this wonderful source of guidance and creative energy. Thank you for your thoughts 🙂 Cheers!

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