Dear Movie Goer Readers,

The boys and I ventured to the movie theater with friends. They selected Inside Out. I checked out the movie rating, saw that it was animated, and off we went. I had no idea what the movie was about.

IMDB enhances, “After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.”

We nestled in our chairs with popcorn and snacks. We watched the previews. Lucas suggested, “Mom, I want to see that.” Gabriel added, “That looks great. We should come to the movie theater once a month.”

But what struck me was the message of the movie. It was on target with where I am and what I write about. All about our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, beliefs.

We entered Riley’s world and watched how her memories were stored. Some memories remained alive while other memories faded. Core beliefs were formed and carried into her personality. We entered her dream world, her imagination world, her subconscious world filled with fears, and her feeling world.

Now this is where it gets interested. Joy wanted to be in charge. And for the most part Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness allowed her. But there was a major change in Riley’s world – a big move to another city, new house, new school, new friends. Sadness was appearing everywhere. In fact, Joy grabbed the main core beliefs that were filled with Joy and rushed to headquarters because she wanted Riley to go back to how it was before… back before the big move… back to Riley being happy. Then, Joy had aha moment. Joy realized that Riley needed to experience Sadness. And Riley did. Of course, I teared up in that moment because it so true.

We want to avoid the Sadness, but the Sadness ushers in solutions, comfort from others, different perspectives, acknowledging of feelings. And Sadness is not a bad feeling. It is a feeling that we all experience. We feel upset, hurt, overwhelmed, uncertain, stressed, and it leads to the emotion of Sadness. See, you can’t just experience Joy. The Sadness leads to Joy, to solutions, to insights, to aha moments, to harmony, to togetherness. Conflicts are thus resolved and understanding is precious.

Do you view certain emotions as good or bad?

Do you acknowledge your feelings?

Can you work through different feelings and different scenarios with yourself and with others?

Do you feel the Sadness? Or do you try to avoid it? Too much drama.

Do you know what core beliefs you are operating from?

Do you know when you get triggered from a past experience into a present experience?

Do you know what fears are lurking in the subconscious mind?

Have you embodied all of you?

Do you know that thoughts become things?

The more we think about something, the more we attract that into our reality. Once we manifest it, we believe it is true. It gives us the evidence that we are right. But never did we stop and consider that we gave out that vibration through our though pattern. Our thoughts are powerhouses of creation!

May you embrace and acknowledge all your feelings. May you realize that you are creating your own reality in every moment. We form a belief which is a repetitive thought. We have a thought – life-giving or life-depleting. Feelings roll in as out guidance system to let us know if we are on the right path or not. And if we aren’t, then we can change by changing our thoughts. It’s all a matter of perception and acknowledging the essence of who you are.

And if you are feeling Sadness, remember the Joy comes in the morning.

Experiencing All My Feelings,

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