According to traditional psychology, we are wired with 5 basic emotions: fear, anger, disgust, joy and sadness. Since the 70's psychologists have come to find that these are basic emotions which are often associated with more complex experiences.
In knowing that we have these emotions essentially hard wired in us, it is no secret that these emotions, and all emotions in general serve a purpose. Emotions are how we express or can identify our experiences. They allow us to relate and communicate with others.
No emotion is "bad" in itself because it is merely a natural reaction. But what happens when some of the emotions that typically are negative occur too much? What if we choose to hold on to them?
Furthermore, what happens to someone who is described by a predominant emotion? She's a "sad", "joyful", or "scared" person?
Wellness and Natural Medicine practitioners both modern and ancient, as well as Spirtual leaders of many beliefs, know one thing to be very true: our mind, body and spirit are very connected. Therefore anything positive or negative that occurs in one sphere will be reflected in another.
Case and point: our bodies are affected by emotions.
Are you aware that under stress, your body holds that experience throughout your body? You might feel it in the form of pain, discomfort, soreness, or inflammation.
What about emotions like anger or unforgiveness? Did you know this could effect your joints, certain organs or your sleep?
Negative emotions have a place in your life. They are triggers for what makes you uncomfortable. They are flags for even areas you can stand to have more patience and understanding in. Beyond that, holding on to negative emotions does way more harm than good.
So how do you release them? You must explore that journey. First thing first is recognition. Write down what you've been holding on to and why. Also write how you feel holding onto such emotions has affected you. Read this list or letter (whatever form you decide to write it in) to yourself. Once you're finished, take 3 very deep breaths, counting in 6 seconds and breathing out 6 seconds. Then say aloud: I release you. After that, I suggest burning or ripping up and throwing away that paper.
An activity like I'm describing speaks to 2 Commandments of Self Love: Honor Thyself and Forgiveness.
I guarantee you, releasing negative energy is a part of a lifelong healing process. It's ok to not be upbeat all the time or even get a long or agree with everyone. But what we choose to experience within that spectrum of emotion and understanding, is up to us.
By: Tiffany W.