Did you ever have a nagging feeling that stayed with you way too long or a negative emotion that dragged you down, no matter how hard you tried to run away? If you are like most caregivers, the answer is an astounding yes.
Did you also notice that the more you ran away from your emotion/feeling, the bigger it got? It’s like one of those scary dreams where the little snowball gets bigger and bigger as it rolls down the hill…heading right for you!
Emotions are there for a reason and sometimes for a season. They serve several purposes:
- To guide us
- To help us follow our intuition
- To not-so-gently point us away from what isn’t working
- To protect us
Our emotions are there to guide us. Imagine you are at a green light and you don’t go. You just sit there and don’t move. That’s what happens when you have an emotion and don’t acknowledge it; worse still, you don’t take action.
The first step in healing is to acknowledge your emotion. Don’t stuff it down or try to ignore it. It will only get bigger and louder until you finally acknowledge it and do something about it.
Once you’ve acknowledged the emotion, it’s time to allow it. Often times, we avoid feeling that awful feeling: guilt, anger, fear or grief. Once we allow it to come to us, we can allow it to pass through us just as quickly. Feelings and emotions will come and go and return. As long as we allow them, we let them flow through us.
The next step is to transform those negative emotions into powerful creations through journaling. Write down your thoughts and feelings and then begin to recreate them into powerful solutions.
If you are feeling angry, what has anger come to teach you? Do you need to set better boundaries; do you need to delegate or ask for help? Has anger come to help me learn acceptance? If I accept a situation, can I begin to move inside of peace? Can I be angry at a certain situation and still be in the present moment in peace?
More and more research is showing the benefits of journaling – not only on a mental and emotional level, as well. When you write something down, you give your brain a break. You offer your mind a release and a detox and you offer your body healing health. It’s like removing a thorn or a splinter that has been bothering you for quite some time.
When you write it down, it no longer gets stuck in your physical body in the form of a tense neck, a knot in your stomach, or worse, as an illness or disease. Journaling is a release of the best kind.
To learn more about transformational journaling, click here: