1(a): to handle or touch in order to examine, test, or explore some quality; (b): to perceive by a physical sensation coming from discrete end organs (as of the skin or muscles)
2(a): to undergo passive experience of; (b): to have one’s sensibilities markedly affected by
3: to ascertain by cautious trial —usually used with out
4(a): to be aware of by instinct or inference; (b): believe, think
Feel (v.): Old English felan “to touch or have a sensory experience of; perceive, sense (something),” in late Old English “have a mental perception,” from Proto-Germanic folijan, from Proto-Indo-European root pal- “to touch, feel, shake, strike softly,” (source also from Greek psallein “to pluck (the harp),” Latin palpate “to touch softly, stroke,” palpitare “to move quickly“), perhaps ultimately imitative.
In Germanic languages, the specific word for “perceive by sense of touch” has tended to evolve to apply to the emotions. The connecting notion might be “perceive through senses which are not referred to any special organ.” Sense of “be conscious of a tactile sensation, sense pain, pleasure, illness, etc.; have an emotional experience or reaction,” developed by c. 1200, also “have an opinion or conviction;” that of “to react with sympathy or compassion” is from mid-14th century. Meaning “to try by touch” is from early 14th century as “know (something) beforehand, to have foreknowledge of.” To feel like “want to” attested from 1829.
“So he tasted the deep pain that is reserved only for the strong, just as he had tasted for a little while the deep happiness.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, short-story writer and novelist, known for his turbulent personal life and his famous novel "The Great Gatsby")
“The loneliness you feel with another person, the wrong person, is the loneliest of all.”
Deb Caletti (b. 1963, award-winning young adult author and novelist, best known for writing such books as "The Fortunes of Indigo Sky," "Stay," and "The Nature of Jade")
“If you don't feel it, flee from it. Go where you are celebrated, not merely tolerated.”
Paul F. Davis (motivational speaker, wellness trainer, life coach, business Consultant, spiritual teacher and author)
“You learned to run from what you feel, and that's why you have nightmares. To deny is to invite madness. To accept is to control.”
Megan Chance (critically-acclaimed and award winning author of several novels, such as "The Spiritualist")
“The Portuguese call it saudade: a longing for something so indefinite as to be indefinable. Love affairs, miseries of life, the way things were, people already dead, those who left and the ocean that tossed them on the shores of a different land — all things born of the soul that can only be felt.”
Anthony Da Sa ( Canadian novelist and short story writer, best known for writing the "Barnacle Love")
“If you don’t feel it, flee from it. Go where you are celebrated, not merely tolerated.”
Paul F. Davis
There are moments when situations can feel icky and unsettling, and when they do, yes, run! Or, walk quietly and quickly away, especially when your mind, heart, spirits, instincts and intuition align and propel to get out. Listening to your inner guidance system is protecting oneself from relationships or environments may pose a threat.
There are other times, however, especially as we are beginning new relationships and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones when we may feel that same urge to run. Most of the situations occur when we are beginning new relationships, such as romantic ones, and may feel attached and fearful about its outcome. We may want to instead dig our heels and stay for a bit. Because, there may be lessons we may need to learn about our character and how strong we are as we work towards true friendships. These situations may indeed feel uncomfortable at first. Actually, they may get gut-wrenching in revealing the secret compartments of our souls.
Anxiety or discomfort are two such indicators to beware of. However, pain is a huge indicator that something is wrong, and it’s time to look for the exit. If we are in pain in any relationship, more than likely we may be stuck in a toxic affair. And if we are, slowly we must work to dislodge ourselves, or seek the professional help we need.
Feelings are important indicators of our intuitive perception. We absolutely should work to place ourselves in environments and relationships where we are vibrational aligned, even if they feel a little challenging at first.
Let us continue to stay well, awake, and alert, sojourners.
Faithfully Yours, Tonya