“We are spiritual beings living a human existence.”
Spring is about renewal and new beginnings. It’s a time to shed our winter coats, both literally and metaphorically, and get rid of the extra pounds we gained during the winter months. To do so, most of us embark on some type of cleanse or exercise program to get in shape. We tend to put tremendous effort and focus on our external bodies but neglect our mental and emotional states. We walk around heavy and sad with the weight of the world on our shoulders unable to lighten the load.
Life can be overwhelming to say the least. We are all juggling a myriad of things, taking care of our families, working hard at our careers, it’s no wonder we come last in line. Trying to get ‘me time’ can be downright impossible. And this lack of personal time comes at a high cost, our health. Unfortunately, we were never taught to sit with our emotions. To explore and express how we are feeling. In fact, our lifestyles don’t permit this. Life keeps demanding and pushing us to have more, live faster and play harder. With little or no time left over to be still and process life’s events.
This is called the band aid effect. Someone or something hurts us and we don’t give it the attention it requires, we push it under the rug expecting it to go away. As such, the wound never really heals but keeps scabbing.
This spring let us take the time to cleanse our emotional bodies and reclaim our peace of mind. It‘s time for us to remember who we truly are – spiritual beings living a human experience. And if we want to live more fulfilling lives enriched with purpose we must connect with and harness the power of our emotions by using our emotional guidance system.
What is our Emotional Guidance System?
Your inner guidance system tells you how you are feeling – good or bad. Good feelings include love, joy, happiness, positivity, hope, belief, abundance, prosperity, passion, and enthusiasm. Bad feelings are anger, guilt, despair, pessimism, fear, jealousy, hatred, and shame.
How to implement the Emotional Guidance System?
- Get to know, identify and deal with your emotions as they arise.
- Once you’ve identified how you are feeling – sad, angry, hurt etc. – allow yourself the space and time to feel what you need to feel.
- Release the feeling – this is important because if you don’t release the emotion it stays with you and can manifest as pain in the body. Releasing the emotion is a great way to practice forgiveness and compassion for yourself and others.
- Replace the emotion with a ‘good feeling’. By choosing to use positive words and thoughts we diffuse the negative feelings. Good feelings also attract more positivity into our lives.
There are also some great strategies that we can use on a daily basis to nurture and cleanse our emotional health. Here are a few ideas to help you develop a daily emotional wellness routine.
Scientific studies are revealing how important silence is to our brains. A 2013 study on mice published in the journal Brain, Structure and Function tested the effect that noise and silence has on the brain. The study discovered that when the mice were exposed to two hours of silence per day they developed new cells that were actually functioning neurons in the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with memory, emotion and learning.
There are thousands of studies illustrating the profound impact meditation has on our emotional health and well-being. This is also another great way to get quiet. Begin with a 10 minutes a day (morning or night) and increase the length of time as you become more comfortable with your practice. Click here to find a list of mindful meditation apps on the web.
Motion is emotion. The way you feel emotionally affects the way you feel physically and vice versa. Movements such as running, clapping or jumping alter your body’s chemistry. Change the way you move, and you will change the way you feel.
Begin a daily gratitude journal. Make an entry on some of the things that you are grateful for each day. When we are in a state of gratitude we are more apt to feel happy and content.
Practice forgiveness and compassion
This one is huge for our health and well-being. Forgiveness is not about saying it’s okay for hurting me but it’s more about releasing the heavy burden that comes with holding onto them. It can be hard to forgive others for wronging us but through forgiveness we find the greatest liberation and emotional peace. Take some time daily to release some of the hurts you’ve been carrying around. A great exercise is to right down how you’re feeling and then burn the piece of paper. This ceremony is symbolic of releasing and letting go.
Tending to our emotional well-being is just as important as taking care of our physical health. Every aspect of us – mind, body, and spirit must be balanced and in harmony in order to experience optimal health.
I would love to hear about the ways you nurture and cleanse your emotional body.
Laura Iamundo, Certified Holistic Nutritionist