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An Exploration of Anger

By Amanda Rose Walsh of Amanda Rose Wellness

Excerpt from blog:

While heading home after the event, I reflected deeply. Anger is the opposite of my usual demeanor but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel it or try to restrict myself from feeling it. I know better than that. TAPIN was an amazing opportunity to expose such an uncomfortable emotion and one that many people bury. Being a part of TAPIN allowed me to guide students safely into a space where they were able to feel, examine and let go of their own anger carefully, consciously and without judgment. 

From this experience,  I was reminded that....

  • Anger serves a purpose
  • It can be a sign, a call to action, an impetus to change or a form of inspiration
  • Anger is passion, intention and energy that can be harnessed
  • But it must be expressed consciously

I am thankful for the TAPIN experience and especially to Anne who allowed me to be a part of a community that expresses emotions with awareness, self-love and care. 

Read full blog post here

 

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Own Happy Hump-Day Challenge

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Own Happy Hump-Day Challenge

By Anne Koller and Wade Brill

If your week were a mountain, Wednesday would be your half-way point. Some mountains or weeks might be a difficult climb, others might be a walk in the park. How do you keep yourself energized, connected and aware in order to finish the week out strong even on those dreaded hump days?! 

Get through your week by joining the Own Happy Hump Day Challenge during the month of May on all four "Hump-Days"  (7th, 14th,  21st, 28th) to feel free, inspired and happy.  When we acknowledge, feel and release emotions, we become the cause of our happiness and not the effect!  Take charge of your happiness and inspire others to do the same @wetapin (Twitter/Instagram/Facebook) #ownhappy. 

WHY

Psychology Today discovered that one reason happier people are the way they are is because they face their emotions head-on and experience them in full. When we are able to understand our true emotions—whether it be sadness, frustration, joy, resentment or excitement—by pausing to acknowledge and process what we are feeling, we will be more equipped to experience and own what happiness means to us.

Owning happy isn’t just about taking a snapshot of smiling or doing our favorite activity. It is a deeper movement where you are heightening your level of consciousness and acknowledging the fullness of your emotions. Whether you are stressed at work, feeling frustrated about your living situation or even if you’re feeling inspired and having a great week- pausing to acknowledge, feel and release what is occurring in our bodies will shift energy into the present and keep us at the cause of our happiness, not just the effect. 

HOW

1. PAUSE: Find a moment in your day to consciously PAUSE—whether on your lunch break, at your desk or on your commute.  Stop what you are doing and put down all electronics (we know it is difficult). 

2. NOTICE: Take 3 deep breaths and notice what arises in the body and mind.  What do you feel?

3. CATCH: Allow yourself to catch and place these emotions and thoughts in the palm of your hand as you extend your arm away from your body. View those sensations with an objective lens. How does it feel to acknowledge those emotions and thoughts as a separate entity? 

4. 
RELEASE: Take a couple deep breaths to simply be with those sensations without judgment, and then take your hand to your mouth and blow those emotions away. Watch them dissipate into the air, leaving you feel weightless and free.

5. SHIFT: Recognize the shift in your energy as you free yourself and create space for the emotions you choose to feel.  Smile and notice the positive vibrations tingle throughout your entire body. 

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OWN: Own these new feelings and sensations and share how you shifted to #ownhappy on @wetapin or by emailing us: wetapin@thetapin.org.  Inspire yourself and others to get through your week, staying fueled and energized as you tackle the next mountain on your journey.

 

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Owning Happiness From the Inside Out

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Owning Happiness From the Inside Out

Happiness is the IN thing.  Books are being written about it, Pharrell is singing about it, countries are tracking it, everyone wants it.  But how do we use March 20th,  International Day of Happiness to go beyond happiness as an inventory of fleeting moments and define a deep inner happiness for ourselves? A place we come from and return to over and again no matter the circumstance, societal pressure or highs and lows of life.

Getting married, going on a beach vacation, seeing your child walk for the first time are moments that give us great pleasure and create happiness within us.  But what is it about those moments that bring us joy? What are the principles of our feeling happy?

According to an article in FastCoexist referencing Body Atlas, produced from research by Finnish scientists, happiness is the only emotion felt throughout our entire body.  Other emotions are concentrated in the head, chest and stomach, but happiness is felt from head to toe.  Could deep inner happiness perhaps be a celebration of the full spectrum of emotions?  Could being happy also encompass some sadness, fear and anger?

In an article "What Happy People Do Differently" in Psychology Today, they found that happy people don't hide from negative emotions, but acknowledge and confront them head on.  In some people’s terms that would mean “happy” people aren’t always “happy.” But if happiness is felt throughout the body and happy people by nature feel painful emotions, than could true happiness be felt all of the time?  Even on just an ordinary day or worse, when we get fired, lose a loved one or find that we are in a lot of pain?

When we can answer these questions for ourselves, then we can recognize we have the power to constantly shape what we wish to be and how we choose to feel. So that no matter what is going on around us, happiness is always within our control and starts from the inside out.

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Friday the 13th "Global OUT FEAR Day"

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Friday the 13th "Global OUT FEAR Day"

In the distant past, our ancestors' healthy dose of fear served to protect them from the far more extreme dangers they faced, like being eaten by predators (saber-toothed tigers, cave bears, snakes, wolves, etc.). That same innate fear response remains within us today, and while the same primal instinct is generally not rooted in survival, its sensations can be just as strong.  Unfortunately this fear often holds us back and inhibits us from reaching our full potential.

What is fear?

Fear is the most primal of our emotions, and harnessing it is the key to achieving our greatest success in each facet of our lives.  Fear is the thing that holds you back from living the way you want to.  

Imagine what your life would look like if you could conquer your fear. What opportunities might this open up in your life? Think about how liberated you would feel and everything you could accomplish if your fears weren’t holding you back.

Why face fear?

What we tend to fear most about our own fear is our inability to suppress it, or being made vulnerable by allowing others to see it. What if we proactively sought fear out and welcomed it into the open where we could observe it and even express it to others?  We could then gain some control over it, and its power over us would begin to diminish.  If the alternative is to hide/ignore/fight fear and risk having it return, could the approach of facing it offer an opportunity to capitalize on it instead of being squashed by it? Could we beat fear to the punch just by acknowledging it? 

Consider this:

  • Your fear won’t kill you
  • The worst thing that might happen is that you become more afraid. Refer to point #1
  • Take comfort in knowing there are others out there who face similar fears

How can we face fear?

The beloved and late Nelson Mandela once said, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” Powerful words, but what is the first step? How do we even start?

At TAPIN, we believe that in exposing our fears, we take the first step in facing them before they get the best of us, and we move towards harnessing them for good in our lives.  In sharing our biggest fears with others and seeing it outside of ourselves, fear itself becomes less fierce. Through this interactive dialogue we will see the commonalities between what frightens us and learn from each other.  By outing fear we aim to achieve our broader mission of exposing life's range of emotions to tap into their power and ultimately live our lives more freely.

Celebrate Friday the 13th as "Global OUT FEAR DAY"

Friday the 13th is a day that makes our skin crawl with nervous anticipation of our luck going sideways. It’s a day deeply rooted in Western tradition where the monsters and boogiemen of our nightmares take over and where we think twice about doing things for fear of something bad happening.  What if Friday the 13th, historically “National Fear Day,” became “Global OUT FEAR Day,” where we expose our biggest fears once and for all?  

OUT YOUR FEAR

Join the TAPIN community of people who are fed up with being shackled down by our fears and are boldly "Outing Fear" to take back our lives.  "What is your biggest fear?"

Send your biggest fear (140 characters) to wetapin@thetapin.org or post it to our Twitter @wetapin and out your fear with us #outfear 

Posted to: GOOD.is

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Inspiration from TAPIN meet up

From the "Best Day Ever" blog by Dana Mauriello

Inspiring Brainstorming Session

I went to a great brainstorming session for Tap In tonight. It really inspired and energized me to change up my routine with something new tonight, be around really creative people, and wake up my design thinking brain. I hope to bring that energy and inspiration back to work tomorrow. I also loved being around DOERS - it motivated me to act more on my many passion projects. The experience was a wonderful reminder of the power of passion and conviction — the brainstorming leader was incredible passionate and we were all drawn magnetically to her with a desire to do what we can to help her act on her dreams. The bonus best day ever moment was at the end of the night when one of the participants gave me what is surely among the best compliments that I have ever received — she told that I really inspired confidence in everyone else in the room by making them feel smart, encouraged, and positive with my responses to their contributions. I couldn’t be more happy and proud of that. Yay! 

 

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