4 Reasons Why Our Inner Thoughts and Feelings Matter... And Are Worth Taking The Time To Tap Into:
They are one valuable source of information about our values, preferences, and well-being.
They allow us to keep learning about ourselves, e.g., through fine tuning our coping; so we can better ourselves, hence be of better service to others.
They prevent us from coping on an automatic pilot that happens at those times we are disconnected from ourselves (e.g., when we tend to overly focus on pleasing other people, or merely feel resentful about feeling a certain way).
They give us a sense of control over the many choices we have about how to respond to various situations. Whether we choose to put our inner experience to the side, express ourselves, ignore our emotions, or empathize with them, the control seat is ours alone…
"True courage is the willingness to fully experience whatever you are feeling at the moment. You can attempt to run from your emotions, but eventually they will catch up with you. They will chase you, haunt you, until finally you give up the chase."