This thought just occurred to me, and perhaps it is really off-base, but... a sponge can only absorb more when it is not already full. I'm wondering if in practicing being fully present, one can be more "full", not have the same capacity to absorb from other sources?that's it. the key. the metaphors don't only identify the problem, they also help with the healing here. sponges and mirrors.
soak in the good, be full and whole within myself and the need to absorb others emotions co-dependently won't be so easy for me to do.
reading that helped me unlock the mirror too. using the mirror metaphor can help me to reflect my loved ones emotions back to them instead of absorbing them myself. hearing their pain, allow them to feel their emotions, and reflect what i am hearing and seeing back to them instead of absorbing them myself.
THANK YOU ERIN!! these are big keys to those big doors!
kristen also mentioned ritual. as a borderline o/c/d i find great healing in ritual. so much of my healing has come in this form. i am also beginning to ponder what this one will look like.
thank you for your feedback friends, for reading my words and interacting with them. this journey is richer with you along side!