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Four powerful steps to help you process intense feelings with mindfulness

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Four powerful steps to help you process intense feelings with mindfulness


“Feelings come and go, like clouds in the sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to find ourselves caught in a whirlwind of intense emotions.

Whether it’s the stress of looming deadlines, the anxiety of an uncertain future, or the frustration of unexpected setbacks, intense feelings often hijack our mental well-being, leaving us feeling drained and powerless in their wake.

Our instinctual reaction in such moments is to suppress or let these emotions dictate our actions. This leads to a vicious cycle of emotional turmoil and reactivity.

Growing up, I was taught to be afraid of emotions. In my tumultuous home, it often felt like there was no room for feelings—they were either ignored, mocked, or punished. I became accustomed to suppressing my feelings and distancing myself from my heart.

I became a quiet, shy, and sensitive child who didn’t make waves, the proverbial good girl, always pleasing and performing, never complaining, saying no, or acting out. I felt disconnected from myself. It was difficult to connect with others.

I started to disappear into my own universe. In a constant state of shame and internal anguish, I believed that something was wrong with me. ,…



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