Have you ever tried to hold a beach ball underwater? You push it down and as soon as you let go it pops up. You get on top of it and use your body to hold it down. It is so unstable that you roll off. Today we compare holding a beach ball underwater to being in denial.
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You cannot keep things suppressed
In our opening paragraph today we looked at what happens when we attempt to keep a beach ball submerged. We cannot do it. It either pops back up once we let go of it or we roll off because it is unstable.
When we are not accepting of the things that happen within our life we are in denial. We deny the reality of what is happening to us. We attempt to suppress the situation. Most of the time we also attempt to suppress the emotions that we experience that come from that situation.
This denial and suppression is just like attempting to hold a beach ball underwater. In the end the beach ball always pops back up. This is just as true for the situations and emotions that occur in our life.
Reasons to not suppress our experiences
When something happens that we do not like or do not want to face, we frequently want to look at something else. This only causes the issues related to the situation to submerge like a beach ball. Unfortunately, this beach ball will probably pop up and jump right into our life at just the moment that we do not need it there. The beach ball will jump up and cause additional problems in another situation – at exactly the wrong time.
Also, as we have mentioned previously, every situation offers us an opportunity to learn something. When we suppress or deny the reality of the situation we also deny ourselves the opportunity to learn from that experience.
Finally, do you remember how much effort it took you the last time you tried to hold a beach ball underwater? It took a great deal of concentration and muscular coordination. In the end you were not successful.
Similarly, we expend a great deal of concentration and effort when we are in denial. The sooner we learn not to suppress our emotions and experiences, the sooner we can use that energy for our learning.
Do your self a favor – stop repressing and denying today. You will be much happier and, as a bonus, you will waste so much less of your energy.
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