Processing emotions and flowing with seasonal changes is an integral component to living an optimally healthy, balanced, and purposeful life. There is a subtle yet intricately vital connection we share with nature. The key is to awaken an active relationship with our emotions that empowers us to flow, grow, and shine as we embrace the natural changes of life.
Are you aware that emotions you experience become a unique chemistry in your body? Moment to moment, our individual and collective cells experience the blood pressure, sleep patterns, immunity, and muscle tone of anger and anxiety, joy and gratitude, sadness and despair, hope and compassion, jealousy and loneliness, or courage and confidence. Our emotional flow can be as predictable or unpredictable as the weather. We can shift from sunny blue skies to thunderstorms in a heartbeat based upon our perception.
Take a moment to think about someone who frustrates you. Think about what they do or don’t do that’s frustrating and notice where that feeling of frustration is living in your body. Give yourself permission to really feel. Close your eyes and acknowledge the intensity of the frustration and even more, notice how familiar it feels. Write down these feelings on a piece of paper. On a scale of 0 to 10 where 0 is nothing at all and 10 is the most extreme, rate the feeling of frustration.
Now, take a moment to connect to someone who fills you with love. Visualize their face right in front of you. Notice how you automatically begin to smile and how in an instant your body goes from feeling the constriction, tightness, and pain that goes along with frustration to feeling open, light, and expansive. Your body is speaking your mind and the consequence of your emotions is both tangible and relative. Imagine receiving a hug from the person you love. Allow yourself to feel how the love is alive inside of you. Feeling is healing.
Emotional patterns go on all day long, day after day, week after week, month after month, season after season, and year after year. The ability to shift your mindset and thus your emotional lens can be the difference between a strong or weak immune system, marriage, or will power to move forward, being true to your highest and best self. The degree to which we’re stuck and stressed or in the flow depends upon the tools we possess to process our emotions.
Energy in motion stays in motion.
In my humble opinion, the ability to process and move through emotions is the single most important skill one can learn to master. It requires a disciplined practice that when applied becomes a journey of self-realization, self-empowerment, and self-love. Do you have a practice for processing your emotions? Do you love yourself?
Every aspect of life is directly linked to this one simple, but not always so easy concept . . . self-love. The ability or inability to process your emotions will enable you to embrace and create change or get stuck in cycles of self-destruction, self-defeat, and self-hatred. Creating and courageously following a daily practice will give you confidence and capabilities for staying present during the subtle and sometime extreme emotional fluctuations of life.
I want to share a principle from The LifeLine Technique® called The LifeLine Law of Transformation and Change that can be used as a great affirmation, mirror exercise, and meditation. “Emotions transform energy. Energy creates movement. Movement is change, and change is the essence of life. The more I learn to embrace change and even further, create change, the more I am capable of reconnecting to the present moment, finding inner peace, and thriving.”
Understanding and acknowledging emotions and change is at the core of any spiritual practice. It’s such an oxymoron, but change is the constant. Seasonal changes are the outer most expression of our inner most self.
I have come to appreciate how Acupuncture Meridians and the life force that flow within them are actually Emotional Channels where our e-motions – the energy that moves us – directly bridge our biology and behavior. At the same time the emotional channels metaphorically link us to nature. Each and every one of us has the ability to be one with the cycles, rhythms, and seasons of life. When we are in alignment with nature we naturally thrive and when we are resistant to nature, we automatically and reflexively begin to struggle with stress-based patterns.
Recognizing these natural cycles and patterns of flow in nature can directly influence a positive focus and change in the way you think, feel, and behave. What value would it bring to create a deeper sense of passion and purpose for what you do for a living? Would you like to have more patience and compassion for your self, children, spouse, friends, and co-workers? How would having clarity of vision and determination to face the highs and lows of life impact you personally, professionally, or in your family?
During this seasonal change take time to see through the eyes, smell through the nose, and feel through the heart of nature. Ask yourself, “How would Water handle these feelings of resentment and overwhelm?” or “What would be different if I embraced the pain of this loss with the core strength and stability of the Metal Element?”
Go out on a limb, my friend, and feel yourself dancing playfully in the wind. Take in the fresh fragrance of spring flowers or the cool autumn wind, depending on where you are in the world. Listen for the new born birds chirping for their mothers to bring them food. You will feel the warmth of the sun in your heart guiding you to grow strong towards the light bridging heaven and earth. Look for your blessings and you’ll find them. There is so much greatness within you!
We are all interconnected and in our recognition to this one truth, we begin to nurture our nature to transform a life of surviving into a life of thriving. Own your power by recognizing it’s your nature to create an emotional dialogue with nature. Soon you’ll discover a greater zest for life, gratitude for the little things, and the infinite power of self-love. I’d love to hear from you, answer your questions, or be of service for you in any way I can. Please feel free to go out on a limb and reach out.
Keep shining bright!
With Infinite Love & Gratitude~