It’s Alright to Feel Things

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I want to share a healing practice with you. I call it The Emotions Sutra, because it sums up how to work skillfully with our emotions.

Like most potent practices, it is simple. In fact, it is a children’s song! How appropriate, since our emotional nature shares the same direct vitality that we witness in small children and animals.

It’s Alright to Cry

Verse I.

It’s alright to cry/Crying gets the sad out of you

It’s all right to cry/It might make you feel better

Verse II.

Raindrops from your eyes/Washing all the mad out of you

Raindrops from your eyes/It’s gonna make you feel better

Verse III.

It’s all right to feel things/Though the feelings may feel strange

Feelings are such real things/And they change and change and change

Verse IV.

Sad and grumpy/Down-in-the dumpy

Snuggly, huggly/Mean and ugly

Sloppy, splappy/Hoppy, happy!

Change and change and change

Verse V.

It’s all right to know/Feelings come and feelings go

It’s all right to cry/It might make you feel better


Here it is on YouTube, kindly sung by former NFL player Rosey Grier:

How did your body respond to this song?

Is this song a ‘yes’, ‘no’, or ‘maybe’ for you?

If your body likes it, then you can turn this song into your own somatic practice:

Listening to it or sing it and FEEL the sensations in your body. The more you practice this, the more you will embody the kindness, the relaxation, the fluidity of the message.

If you practice this often, you will find yourself responding to your feelings with less fear and judgment, more appreciation and friendliness.

You can sing this song to yourself when you are feeling emotionally “stuck.”

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