Feelings Are Not Facts

Ten years ago a human being (or beings) had the brilliant idea of building a glass walk way out over the Grand Canyon.  Absolutely amazing!!!! You can stand on this thing and look 4,000 feet down.  For me it was a real challenge - like so many people I'm frightened by heights.   Right up until we were out there I wasn't sure I could do it.  

Standing on that thing feeling a bit like I was hovering reminded me of how important it is to let go and let things be.  Even though I knew I was on solid ground - it didn't feel solid - my insides were tightening up and I was a bit dizzy.  George, (my brain) kept saying get out of here, your going to fall, its not safe.  I kept thanking George for his feedback and then reminded myself that I really did want this experience.

 The view from there was beautiful and I don't have words to describe the intensity of  looking directly down into the Canyon.  But darn it George won out and convinced me to get out of there pretty quickly.  I didn't truly savor the moment.  My body was feeling unbalanced and because the feelings were uncomfortable George convinced me that I was going to plunge thousands of feet to my death.  Now keep in mind that this walkway has been in operation for 10 years -- NOBODY has fallen through it -- its completely solid.  So the fact was that I was safe but I did not feel safe. 

Sadly, I rushed through the walkway.  I clung to the side rail and could barely look down.  The feeling was too overwhelming.  The time out there reminded me of the so many times I've been up against emotional hurdles.  Feelings of guilt, shame, feeling unlikable - how often in my life have I acted on feelings rather than on facts.  

 Life can be richer and even larger when we act on fact rather than our feelings.  Just because I felt unsafe on the Grand Canyon sky walk doesn't mean I was unsafe.  I invite you to join me in practicing deep breathing and creating space to tolerate unpleasant feelings so that we can respond to facts not the feelings.