A central principle of the training I’ve received from my energy medicine teacher Deborah King is that unprocessed strong emotions can eventually cause problems in the body. These uncomfortable feelings I don’t want to deal with could range from early childhood grief or shame, to anger about that car accident a few years ago which was someone else’s fault, but my injury still hurts!
The culture of productivity supports “being tough” and “getting on with it”. Paying attention to one’s emotions is often seen as weak, or immature. I think fully recognizing what I feel, especially when it’s not pretty, is a key to any mental health I might have.
When Robin Williams’s death from a probable suicide was announced last night, I reacted immediately. I sobbed as if he was a close friend, and could hardly get my breath. What a supreme waste! Yes, I’ve been more sensitive than usual lately, maybe from the full moon, but I’m not about to pretend I’m OK when I’m not. I did that for too many years. I was surprised at the intensity of my reaction, but I just let myself cry.
For me, the strong thick glasses I wore from age 5 helped to wall me away from my feelings. As I started reducing my prescription and doing without glasses for most activities, all that old childhood fear and frustration and despair started popping up to be faced. I used the tools of journaling, exercise, meditation, and EFT to help get the feelings out so I could keep moving forward, not stay stuck.
At the risk of sounding like a “fitness fanatic” which one of my sisters once called me, I wonder how many severely depresseed people could be helped by exercise, sweating out that angst instead of suppressing it with medication.
In vision improvement as well as with Life in general, the people I know who are moving forward are dealing with their “stuff”, whatever it is, rather than avoiding it. They are using the healthy tools they have, getting help if they feel like they’re in over their head, and moving on to help others with what they’ve learned. We’re all on this Earth Ship together, and we have to rely on each other. Take good care of your sensitive self, please! We need you emotionally fit, without any blind spots.