Experiencing our emotions fully, without wallowing in them or turning away, allows us to break through the layers of protective armor and connect with the heart. Fully felt, our emotions can clear the path to the deep well of compassionate love that is the essence of our being. From the wider perspective of the witness, the limited sense of "self"—coiled tightly around unwanted emotions—begins to expand. We then see this "self" for what it is: a complex of deeply held beliefs, physical sensations, and distant memories. And we are free to receive all the world.
[...from Saying Yes to Life, Even the Hard Parts by Ezra Bayda, pg. 41]