Many times we have been taught by society to smother our emotions.
We are embarrassed to cry, we don’t get too excited, we push down our anger, and all sorts of guidelines that eventually cause an explosion of emotion.
I heard Mary Morrissay explain that holding your emotion in is similar to holding a beach ball under the water, eventually you just can’t hold it down anymore, your arms tire and the ball explodes out of your control.
The horses are masters at drawing emotions from within us. They know that it is in the flow of the emotions, not allowing them to become blocked within us, that is the healing gift we can receive through them.
Emotions are neither good nor bad—they just are. They help us to release tension, maneuver through loss, express our concerns, show we care, and resonate with others to understand what they may be experiencing.
Our emotions are the indicators of our experience. They are very powerful yet, as the horses teach, we can learn to flow and befriend them enabling us to always return to a sense of harmony with ease and flow.
The number 1 way to allow this ease and flow through the emotion you are experiencing is through the APB – Awareness in the moment, Pause, take 3 deep Breaths and allow yourself a few moments just to be fully present in that feeling that you are experiencing.
You then can ask yourself:
- What emotion am I feeling?
- What is this telling me?
- How can I flow through this and start to feel a more positive feeling?
Again, it doesn’t mean you squash the emotion in this pause – just see what arises as you sit with it and then gently and slowly guide yourself to a breath of hope, focus, calm and ease.
So, allow your emotions to be your guidance system to have further insight into the moment you are in, what really is happening within you now and what is happening around you? Pausing will help you to truly feel how it is affecting you, impacting your performance, and your ability to be with co-workers and family. In this awareness you have the ability to feel what you need to return to inner balance and allow you to flow through the day with grace and self-compassion to do the priorities of your day.
Remember to stay within the “Rhythm of Life” and be sure to use the Resilient NeuroMindShift tools to bounce back when life bucks you off!