What if Descartes said, “I feel, therefore I am,” instead of the classic Cartesian line, “I think, therefore I am?” Feelings, not thoughts, can take us to the truth of our inner life. Follow your feelings to know exactly what’s real in your experience.
When serving in the hospital it’s remarkable to observe how guarded we are in our feelings. Judgement, I have found, to be the enemy of vulnerability. We protect so profoundly, however when approaching patients and families with empathic body language and listening- it’s so beautiful to watch them blossom- like a flower that opens after being a bud for far too long.
More and more research reflects how stress plays havoc on our physiology. I’m noticing how suppressed and guarded emotions are major contributors to this overall stress response. There’s a need for more safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate space for emotional release. I believe it will lead to better outcomes. #empathy #emotions #hospital #nurses #doctors #chapain #life #vulnerability