Ever wonder why when your sad you feel tired, like your dragging a piano behind you? Or when your angry, you feel a fire burning and suddenly you have tonnes of energy and can clean the entire house? Or maybe you just went on a great date and can’t stop smiling and you are content just to lay on your bed and day dream? And the worst, for me, which I am sure many women can identify with, is when out of no where, you want to eat everything in the house.
What we feel, what emotions are surging through us at the time does have an effect on our bodies. I’ve seen this in myself ever since I was a child. Being an introvert, I naturally don’t talk about everything that I am thinking all the time. I grew up, bottling things inside of me, and pushing emotions away. The part I didn’t understand though, is that those emotions don’t actually “go” away, they just hide. If I wasn’t dealing with them, they were dealing with me. Tummy aches, headaches, energy drains, and surges. Not being aware of what I was feeling and why was allowing those emotions to control me.
This article from the Atlantic talks about a study done to identify which area of the body people feel their emotions. I certainly agree with the manifestations the lights represent of certain emotions. Being a visual person, seeing how I feel has helped me to become more aware of what is going on, and to actively be able to deal with hurt, and to be more grateful of the joy.
I believe this is a lifelong journey for me to understand myself and to learn what I am feeling, to delve into the roots of why, and to learn how to “sit” with uncomfortableness and pain sometimes.