Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Emotions as energy

Recently I heard an excellent educational presentation on managing our emotional (or energy) systems. The presenter told us how powerful this system was, saying our emotional system is essentially our personal GPS. It's our guide, and we need to pay attention to it.

I was struck by the way the presenter underscored the importance of finding safe ways to express and release our emotions—safe, meaning ways that don't hurt ourselves or others and that are legal. She said that when we ignore our emotions and stuff them down, we block our energy. If you picture your emotional energy as an electrical system, for example, you want to keep the energy flowing, right? You don't want the system to short out.

That image helps me to see the importance of staying in touch with what I'm feeling and being sure I do find safe expression for those emotions I feel, whether it's love, fear, anger or sorrow. I want to stay clean and clear. I want to keep the energy flowing.

I'm human, however. And that means I don't always do what's good for me. So when I feel sluggish from energy blockages or when I feel frozen by fear, I know it's time to stop. Stop and take a good look at what's really going on inside me. Is there something I need to grieve? Something I fear? Something about which I'm angry? What can I do to safely express those emotions? Pound a pillow? Shake my fists or arms about (not at someone else, of course)? Journal my thoughts about it and then find a form of exercise that physically gets it all out? Whatever safely gets the energy flowing again—that's what I need to do.

What do you do when you feel blocked or frozen?

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