Unlocking Peace and Harmony Within
This month I’ve been focussing on the what, why, and how of releasing strong, sticky, or uncomfortable emotions as a way to get yourself back in action and feeling motivated. Read on- I include 3 easy practices to unlock your emotions and learn to turn up your emotional volume for joy, happiness, and bliss!
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Stop Searching Outside Yourself- Your Strength Is Internal
In the pursuit of true happiness and fulfillment, it’s essential to embark on a journey of self-discovery and self-mastery. One of the most profound ways to achieve inner peace and harmony is by recognizing and releasing any emotions that linger within us. Emotions are an integral part of the human experience, and when left unaddressed, they can hinder our personal growth and hinder our relationships. By understanding why and how to unlock peace and harmony within ourselves through the release of these emotions, we can pave the way for a more authentic and joyful existence.
Acknowledging the Power of ALL Your Emotions.
Emotions are not mere fleeting sensations but powerful messengers that offer valuable insights into our inner world. They can range from love and joy to anger and sadness, each carrying its own weight and significance. When we acknowledge and embrace each of these emotions without judgment, we grant ourselves the opportunity to understand our deepest desires, fears, and needs. By doing so, we lay the foundation for healing and growth. This means acknowledging your happiness and joy as much as your sadness or anger.
Think of emotions as points on a radio dial. When you turn the volume down on one, you lower the volume on ALL of them. So when you are stuffing down on sadness you are also muffling your ability to experience joy and happiness.
The Destructive Nature of Suppressed Emotions.
Suppressing ANY emotion. can have detrimental effects on our mental, emotional, and even physical well-being., The more icky ones like anger, resentment, or grief, are a common defense mechanism we employ to protect ourselves from pain and discomfort. However, suppression of one emotion can lead to hindering your ability to feel ANY emotions fully and can have detrimental effects on your mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. Unaddressed emotions tend to accumulate within us, creating an internal pressure cooker that strains our relationships, dampens our joy, and prevents us from leading fulfilling lives. Unlocking peace and harmony within necessitates acknowledging the destructive consequences of suppressed emotions.
Embrace Emotional Release.
To unlock peace and harmony within, we must be willing to release our emotions in healthy and constructive ways. One effective method is to engage in self-reflection and introspection. This might involve journaling, talking with a trusted friend, coach, or therapist, or engaging in mindfulness practices such as meditation. (My personal favorite is talking out loud to my dog on a long walk). When we externalize our emotions, we create an opportunity for catharsis, allowing pent-up feelings to be expressed and released. (If you find yourself constantly overwhelmed by your emotions, you may want to check out a therapist or life coach to help you regain your inner balance).
The Healing Power of Forgiveness.
One crucial aspect of recognizing, acknowledging, and releasing ALL our emotions is forgiveness. Holding onto grudges or harboring resentment towards ourselves or others can weigh us down, and cause us to lose motivation or constantly feel as though we are failing. Forgiveness is not about condoning the actions that caused the pain but about freeing ourselves from the emotional baggage. By practicing forgiveness and self-forgiveness, we liberate our hearts and can then move forward with a lighter spirit and renewed hope, and usually a whole lot more motivation for new things.
Unlocking peace and harmony within ourselves requires courage, self-reflection, and a willingness to confront and release all the emotions we may have held onto over the years, and the beliefs, ideas, or thoughts that go with them.
Learning to work with your emotions is a journey that takes a bit of patience, compassion, and perseverance. By acknowledging the power of emotions, embracing their release, and cultivating forgiveness, we can heal our wounded selves and create a life brimming with authenticity, joy, and meaningful connections. Let yourself embark on this transformative journey to unlock the boundless peace and harmony that resides within you. Allow yourself to invite and create a brighter and more fulfilling life for yourself, starting NOW!
3 Easy Ways to Increase Emotional Awareness:
1. Whenever you feel an emotion, (any emotion), exhale 3 times, and with each exhale, notice what is happening in your body. Are your muscles tight or loose? Is your breathing shallow or deep? What about your heart rate? By teaching yourself to notice what happens whenever you experience an emotional wave, you will start to tune into what will help you release those icky ones faster.
2. Start with an exhale and focus on your breathing and ONLY your breathing for 90 seconds. Keep in mind that emotions are waves of chemistry. They each last about 90 seconds in the body. When you practice breathing through the 90-second wave, you are increasing your ability to tolerate all emotions.
3. Notice when you might now be acknowledging how you feel. Some people habitually stuff down sadness, others don’t allow themselves to experience their accomplishments or joy Without judgment, notice if you have a habit of avoiding certain emotional experiences. You can use steps #1 and #2 to help you reconnect with your emotions and unlock any old, stuck emotions that may be hindering your overall happiness.