Make a list of feeling words and consult it when needed. If you have difficulty identifying your feelings, perhaps your emotional vocabulary can be expanded. Try making a list of every feeling word you can think of. Consult a thesaurus if you get stuck. Watch for feeling words in things you are reading. Try to fill a page with multiple columns of words. Then, when you don't know what you're feeling, you can 'check the list.' Make it a game, joke around with friends and loved ones about it, but check the list when you need to. Here are a few words to get you started: happy, sad, angry, confused, irritated, nervous, afraid, anxious, infuriated, frustrated, ecstatic, overjoyed, excited, curious, lost, lonely, depressed, grieving, overwhelmed, content, peaceful. Developing the capacity to identify your feelings will help you grow in self-awareness, move toward self-acceptance, and ultimately love yourself and others with generosity.

Nanette Sawyer in Hospitality - The Sacred Art