The Sanskrit word Prana means “life force” energy that moves through the body..
Emotions are part of this energy and are meant to flow.
Anger for example is a healthy emotion and when you allow anger to flow naturally through the body you receive the gifts that accompany it – boundary protection and fairness.
You may have learned from your role models or through experience that emotions like anger or shame are not to be expressed but rather denied, repressed, or diminished in some way. If due process is denied, emotional energy will linger in the body. Perhaps showing up in a tense shoulder or aching joints, depending on where you hold your stress. Contracting muscles over and over in the body is one way of attempting to restrict the flow of uncomfortable emotions. Using the mind to repress feelings is another way. If you deny feelings of anger you may turn to blaming yourself or others in order to try and process your feelings through your mind instead of feeling them in the body. This of course doesn’t work. You can’t “think” away your feelings – you have to feel them! Blaming is just another way of keeping anger at bay.
Learning to let emotions flow naturally will allow you to create a healthier body, peaceful mind, and promote spiritual growth. Take a step towards soothing your Soul by learning to process your emotions in a healthy way:
Soul Step : Take stock of slow moving emotional energy or frozen emotions in your body. Let the negative stories you hold on to be a pointer to potentially stagnant energy. Do you have stories you revisit over and over and ultimately, emotions you have yet to process? Begin to move the energy by sharing, not the story, but how you feel or felt. You can also share by writing in a journal. However be aware there is power in having a witness to your pain and sharing it with another Soul. The power of that exchange transmutes to emotional freedom within your energy.
Soul Message: What were the three top feelings that came up for you? What message did you receive as you allowed these feelings to emerge? What did they teach you?
Soul Focus: Emotional honesty doesn’t come easily but the effort will lend authenticity to your relationships and promote wisdom in the emotional realm. When you move your feelings through you instead of freezing them you began to feel more balanced on a daily basis and you are able to create emotional intimacy more easily in your relationships. You also free your energy to be used in other ways. What areas of you life are calling you to be more emotionally honest? Is it your marriage? Relationships at work? Finances or spending habits? The body’s wisdom is vast. Trust it and notice what you feel and where you feel it in the body. That’s enough to begin the healthy emotional flow of energy.
(Excerpt from Soul Steps: 52 Ways to Reconnect with Spirit – Balboa Press – Winter 2015)
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