“You an have courage or you can have comfort, but you can’t have both! – Brene Brown
What’s eating you? Is a question we may ask someone who appears to be suffering. In fact, it’s a question we should be asking ourselves, because though we don’t know it, we are quite literally being eaten from the inside out when we don’t allow ourselves to fully experience our emotions. In metaphysical terms, fear, anger, guilt, and resentment are the key causes of both physical and emotional illness.
It’s simple, really. Emotions are simply a form of energy that, if left unacknowledged or unexpressed, become stuck in the body and wreak havoc on our immune system, causing conditions such depression, chronic pain, or even cancer. In short, the brain may tell us that if we forget the traumas, grief and disappointments of our lives, we’ll somehow grow beyond them. But, the body always remembers.
The truth is that our feelings are the gateway to our transformation. Yes, it takes courage to go within – to bypass the logic of the head, and tap into the wisdom of the heart. But it takes a lot more energy to store pain that it does to confront it. And, when we do, we are able to access our innate ability to heal ourselves, and in the process, open the door to joy, freedom, self-expression, purpose, peace of mind, and a zest for life you may have forgotten even existed.
So what’s the answer? Any of these practices can help you on your way to spontaneous healing and living an authentic and fulfilling life! Remember, the body always knows! If you stay in your comfort zone, you may never know what would be possible. So be brave, and go within.
- Allow yourself to fully experience your feelings. Don’t be afraid of hurting someone else. Unless you purposefully try to hurt someone, saying how you feel can actually improve your relationships.
- Ask your body what it needs. The technological world we live in promotes living “from the neck up”. When you are tired, testy, or feeling blue get out of your head and into your body. That’s where the wisdom is!
- Love and accept yourself exactly as you are and exactly as you aren’t. There is nothing about you that needs “fixing”. Trying to “fix” yourself is a losing proposition and creates negative energy.
- Forgive Yourself! Holding onto guilt will keep you stuck in a cycle of self-abuse and general dis-satisfaction. Most of the things that happen to us aren’t our fault anyway, so just let go!
Lane Cobb is an author, speaker, and spiritual empowerment coach, committed to helping women and teen girls discover their worth, embrace their gifts, live their divine purpose, and achieve their full potential. Her books, programs, and services can help you obliterate your blocks and build a better life! Are you ready to reclaim your power? www.LaneCobb.com