If you struggle with processing your feelings you are not alone.
As an HSP, it is often difficult to handle so many strong, overwhelming emotions. When too many emotions remain unprocessed they can lead to emotional blocks. However, we sensitives are blessed with the gift of introspection. It may seem like a curse at times but it is actually an advantage.
Because for highly sensitive people the mundane task of processing our emotions is what leads us to wisdom.
Step 1: Learn Where Energy Blocks Come From
According to Yogi Amrit Desai, founder of Kripalu Yoga in a June, 2010 article in Natural Awakenings, Healing the Root Cause of Addiction with Ayurveda A Natural Cure for Unhealthy Dependence by Linda Sechrist, “…stressors—thoughts and reactions to our lifestyle, relationships, work environment and family life—are introduced through the ego mind.
Emotionally charged thoughts and feelings of blame, shame or guilt then get metabolized into our biological body system. Stored in the form of toxins and neuro-glandular imbalances, these feelings create energy blocks that prevent the free flow of energy, or prana, the body’s self-healing wisdom.
Energy blocks may take the form of muscular tensions and weakness in liver, kidney and digestive functions. Gradual decline results in a progressive deterioration of biological processes and consequently can manifest in external symptoms of fatigue, fear, anxiety and insecurity.”
Step 2: Embrace Emotional Metabolism
Metabolism comes from the greek word ” metabole” for change or transformation.
At any given time as we interact with our world we are in the process of metabolism – of perceptions, thoughts, feelings, emotions as well as material substances such as food and water.
All forms of life engage in metabolism, from plants to humans. When we are unable to metabolize a food it will clog our bodies. When we are unable to metabolize or process emotions, they will clog our system as well. Ideally we process all food and experiences each day so that we are in a state of flowing with life.
If only it were that simple!
Step 3: Create A Daily Emotional Health Plan
It is often not possible to process all information and feelings when they occur.
- you may be too busy
- the feelings may be too much to process in one day. Grieving a loss is a good example of that.
- you may have experienced long-term abuse which requires a long time to reach forgiveness and release.
There are a number of daily practices that you can engage in to help you with your emotional health:
- meditation like Transcendental Meditation is excellent. It moves you into the more detached space of universal consciousness and therefore helps you release and heal negative emotions including those from the past.
- visualizations are a great way to change your emotions. You can visualize a time of forgiveness, a time of joy in your life to move you forward, when feelings are keeping you stuck.
- journalling is one of the best emotional healing methods. When you journal you release feelings out of your system onto a paper (or computer). In doing so, you have taken them out of your body which frees you to work and enjoy your day. Journalling is particularly useful for healing the effects of abuse since you can keep releasing the hurt or angry feelings each day until they dissipate.
- energy healing practices like reiki and eft are also very useful for healing emotional problems because they release energy blocks and create a wonderful feeling of well-being.
Step 4: Finding Perspective
It can help to think of feelings as information and to notice when your feelings come from past or the present experiences. When the feelings are the result of a past experience transferred onto the present, it is a sign that there is unfinished business in the past that must be dealt with.
The body has its wisdom and in some individuals who have experiences exceptionally abusive situations it will “store” emotions to be processed at a later date if that is what is needed to survive. Severely abused individuals, therefore, will have a lot of blocked energy and a great need for therapeutic solutions. It is not a fault of people who have been badly abused that they have long-term issues including addiction and take a long time to heal.
Highly sensitive people and severely abused people should accept their healing process as a way of being generous to themselves which may be a new and uncomfortable experience. Engaging in healing practices reduces the potential for long term destructive addiction and other illnesses that are the complications of long term abuse. They also feel good and help us to be at our best.
Anyone who takes responsibility for their healing is part of a larger effort everywhere to reduce abuse and emotional harm on the planet. It is something to be very proud of.