Why are emotions important?
Often when we have a physical symptom we find it relatively easy to identify it and do something about it. Take for example we have a headache. What do we do? We may choose one or more of the below options
- Take a pain killer
- Drink some water
- Apply some pressure on our temples
- Go for nap
- Go for a walk
What do we do when we are feeling upset due to anger, sorrow or fear? We tend not to give importance to the emotions and thoughts that we associate with feeling upset or any other feelings. This may be due to the fact that we may not even identify these feelings as we are so used to feeling these all the time. Alternatively, our automatic response which may be our social conditioning and childhood upbringing may direct us to avoid feeling pain and suppressing our emotions. However there gentle and safe methods to allow you to feel your discomfort, connect to what you are feeling and let them go.
We need to understand why we need to address our feelings? The simple answer to that is because it has a direct effect on our physical wellbeing. Our headache may be due to the anger we have been supressing because our neighbour ignored us as we drove into our driveway, or because our colleague at work criticised our presentation or our family member is not taking our advice seriously enough. So, it is connecting with our physical symptom to the feeling that we are experiencing which will help us towards reaching resolution.
One of the techniques that help to connect with our emotions is emotional freedom technique. This involves applying pressure on our acupressure points to release the blocked emotions in a safe manner. Matrix and birth reimprinting is an advanced technique which is used if a early memory is evoked which can also go back to the time we were in the womb. Epigenetic research suggest that even 3 months before our conception effects how we are today.
Acceptance Commitment Therapy focuses on validating your emotion rather than brushing them under the carpet. Compassionate mind training is all about being kind to yourself as we have programmed to meet our own expectations heavily influenced by others. It is about acknowledging who we are, what we really want and where we are going in life. Cognitive Therapy gives you the tools to identify the thoughts that are triggering your behaviour which you can choose to set aside.
Bach flower remedies are a system of 38 different flower which correspond to our human emotions. Yes, you have read correctly, 38 different emotions, unique and special in their own way. Sometimes we may not even know that we have all these emotions simmering silently or about to erupt like a volcano.
Complementary Therapies is a wonderful way to connect to your emotions in a gentle manner. Reflexology is a non-invasive technique to sooth your system and harmonize your body. How we move, stretch and what we eat also affect the way we feel. I share yoga routines and vegan nutrition as suggestions to implement in your life. It is all about awakening your body intelligence to guide you on your pathway of inner and outer wellbeing.
My invitation to you is to explore different ways that you can connect to your emotions for long lasting peace. In this earthy sojourn we are on a journey and as we navigate through we will definitely go through the ebbs and flows. My endeavour is to share some tools and techniques to make this journey smoother and lighter, so you can see the silver lining in everything. You can make a start now by taking the following steps.
- Start journaling your emotions, sensations, and thoughts
- Practice some emotional freedom techniques
- Heart math breathing
- Labeling your emotions, sensations, and thoughts
- Practicing love and kindness
- Identifying your emotions with a Bach Flower Remedy
- Engaging in solar plexus breathing using hand reflexology
- Walking mindfully, engaging in some yoga stretches and incorporating plant-based food
- Booking a clarity call to see how we can work alongside each other