Connecting Emotions To The Physical Body
When it comes to emotional wellness, I like to concentrate on the mind body connection. This is the interaction between the mental & the physical. Obviously the mind body connection is something complex & multi faceted, but it doesn’t have to be complicated in order to heal.
For the longest time, I always thought emotions were mental. I thought I could just change my thoughts & the feelings would go away. But they didn’t just go away. They always came back up when I least expected it, in the worst way, at the worst times lol. I didn’t know that emotions were energy that needed to be released.
The body holds onto unprocessed, suppressed emotions. Why? Because emotions are physical & come from the physical body.
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1. What Are Emotions?
Emotions are the language of the body.
Now that I know emotions are just energy in motion, it’s easier for me to process them. This is where emotional regulation, the ability to respond to an emotional experience, comes into play.
Controlling emotions is not a thing. I cannot control the energetic vibrations that my body experiences. I can only control my thoughts & how I respond to them.
We are meant to feel emotions so that we can connect with the body. This is what makes us human.
2. Why Do We Have Emotions?
Emotions are how the body communicates with us.
I know that the reason I came to Earth is to experience life in a human body. I have a body, but I am a soul. For me to grow, evolve, & ascend as a spiritual being, I must learn how to move fluidly in this body, utilizing my unique energetic gifts. Emotions are how I’m learning what my body needs so I can hold space for spirit to work through me.
My body is literally telling me what it needs, wants, likes, & also warning me when something is wrong or not in alignment. When there is a disconnect between the mind & body, it interferes with this intelligent communication.
Communication is a two way street & having a clear channel is important. There’s a reason why we have a whole spectrum of feelings. The mind is capable of discerning & identifying emotions, which allows us to interpret what the body is trying to tell us. Because of this, we can learn to recognize & locate where the emotions are coming from.
3. Where Do Emotions Come From?
Emotions come from the organs of the body.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, our organs are associated with specific emotions.
Heart & Small Intestine: Joy/Happiness
Stomach & Spleen: Worry/Nervousness
Lungs & Large Intestine: Grief/Sadness
Kidney & Urinary Bladder: Fear
Liver & Gallbladder: Anger/Frustration
Remember, communication is a two way street. Having an emotional imbalance is known as both the cause & symptom of physical illness in TCM.
These organs send an emotional signal (energy) throughout the body. The energy of joy comes from the heart. The energy of sadness comes from the lungs. This is one direction, from the body to the mind.
The power of the mind to dwell on a feeling also sends energy to the body. Over worrying impacts the spleen. Excess anger impacts the liver.
This mind-body connection gives us an innate ability to re-balance our internal & external state.
the simple truth
Every physical illness is rooted in an energetic imbalance. The body is always talking to us. We can learn how to communicate with it through the mind body connection & emotional intelligence.
– Deep belly breathing
– Observe instead of react
– Remind myself: everything is energy
self care rituals
– Emotional wellness journaling
– Body scan meditation
– EFT/Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique)