Emotions as Energy Movement

Imagine: instead of chiding yourself for feeling angry (or sad, or anxious, or another emotion that makes you feel even more emotions for feeling that emotion - cue Mariah Carey, anyone??), you recognize that it's just a natural flow of energy. Exercise that muscle: what's it like to allow the energy to just... continue to move? Read more about how emotions move in the body, and what you can do to exercise a different relationship to difficult emotions. 

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Anger

Anger is an emotion that moves UP and OUT. It doesn't make you a bad person. You're not less of a woman (or more of a man) when you experience this emotion. You do potentially harm yourself when:

  • you hold anger in - truncating something that's moving up with the intention of then moving out? This can immediately lead to headaches, dizziness, and tinnitus. The more you pave this pathway, the deeper it gets intrenched in your body. In Chinese medicine, unexpressed anger can lead to depression and autoimmune disorders. 
  • you poop your anger all over the place - because just because something needs to move up and out doesn't mean you have a right to spread it all around you. Sharing your feeling is wonderful, but there's a difference between sharing and unloading on someone and expecting them to feel what you're feeling, so that you feel better. Sometimes, we do this with anger. 

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fear

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sadness/grief

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fright

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rumination/anxiety

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joy

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