The power of emotion cannot be underestimated. This relates to all feelings, whether perceived as good or bad, comfortable or uncomfortable, pleasurable or torturous. Every single ‘feeling’ has a physiological component.
Remember the last time you felt the burning sensation of anger? The intense impulse to react, the flood of thoughts leading to ideas of injustice, the taste of bitterness at being rejected, the vengeful focus of losing face; this can be felt in the body as a pounding heart, clenched jaw and hand muscles, a hard glare and a flood of energy stemming from the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine. Blood pressure goes up and any food consumed stills in the stomach as blood flows to the extremities, away from the stomach and intestinal tract.
Years of this type of unresolved stress of heightened cortisol levels wears heavy on the body; chronic indigestion, raised blood pressure, headaches, sleeplessness, depression, aches, pains and so much more. Request a consult and test your cortisol curve.
So now what?
Qualities such as acceptance, equanimity, trust, and serenity are equally powerful in quelling the potent effects of adrenal secreted hormones, first turning off the flowing taps and softly, yet swiftly, dissipating the biological mechanisms at play, disarming the caustic potential of norepinephrine with the introduction of dopamine to redirect the energy towards alertness, awareness, understanding, and compassion.
How can this emotional, seemingly magical and alchemical, transformation occur?
Like the thoughts related to fury and rage above, so too can thoughts and actions exert their effects. The intention to breathe, the remembrance of surrendering, rather than resisting, stretching the hands and opening the mouth, grounding oneself to the present situation helps immensely. Self-care tactics can involve laughing at the movies, scheduling a reflexology session, and for deeper, long-lasting effects attend to the needs of a wounded inner child. For relief that you can buy and apply, try these serums.
Freeing self from the bondage of anger, fear, and isolation takes concentrated effort, but the rewards of this effort are that of love, faith, and connection.
You are worth it.