You know how we protect ourselves from our emotions when life gets too hard and too painful? Certainly we've learned to do it by the time we go off to kindergarten, if not preschool. It’s like we put a wall up, to stop that painful flow.
But our emotional system is like our digestive system. We eat food, we process it, we eliminate it from our system. In our emotional system, we live life and have emotional reactions to it, we process it, and then we need to let it go.
Blocking that/walling it off is like plugging it up. You know how well that’d work with our digestive tract, right?
I think a good many of us have this emotional cesspool within us, and it’s making us ill. Those of us with childhood trauma who go on to develop fibromyalgia are towards the extreme end of that scale, but I believe that other autoimmune diseases are also dealing with this kind of emotional mechanism. Other folks hold their trauma within their cardiovascular system and develop hypertension.
My point is that these are all normal human methods of coping with feelings. They’re just not ideal…
The tendency to avoid our painful emotions makes us think that emotions are scary, that they’re unchanging and stick around forever, but that’s just because of the plug.
Meditation is a way to start learning how to undo the plug. I’ve also been trying EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as Tapping.) For a more immediate removal of the plug, EFT works wonders. I’ll write more about EFT another time.
Think about the downside to avoiding emotions: emotions are neurochemicals that lodge in our body until they're processed. They cause inflammation. Inflammation can lead to disease. It just makes sense to learn how to start processing emotions, right? You can learn other about additional methods in my book, Your Best Health by Friday: How to Overcome Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Trauma, PTSD and Chronic Illness. What methods will you try?