I want to share with you how I approach emotions because I think it is unique and I don’t think there’s that much information out there on the subject.
Emotions are powerful forces. We are inspired by emotions. They can move us to respond and take action. They can also effect our bodies and the natural chemicals in the brain which impact how we move through life.
In the book Language of Emotions by Karla McLaren, the author defines emotions as “energy in motion.”
When we have a strong emotion we deem as “negative” or “unwanted,” we usually try to run from it, pretend it’s not there, or we get engulfed by it. BUT, if emotions are a form of energy, maybe instead there is something to learn.
One of the main techniques I practice on myself and with people I work with in CranioSacral Therapy is what I call “letting the emotion speak.” If the anger your feeling could talk, what would it say? What about sadness? Fear?
This process points us to a heart-centered way process emotions.
Here’s how you can get started:
-You can write it down (free write for 5-20 minutes) about what the emotion has to say. If you prefer to create a work of art to express what the emotion has to say.
-Another question that might be useful to explore is asking, what does this emotion need? Does it need to be seen? Heard? Does it want space?
The goal isn’t to get rid of the emotion. The goal is to support your health by understanding your emotions. After this process, you might feel freer and lighter. The strong emotions may have moved, but that is a consequence of the process, and not the main objective.