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I often get inspiration for my monthly blog from my discussions and interactions with people. It struck me recently that generally, people are still unaware of the impact of unhealed emotions on the physical health of the body. We know the body can do with a detox, but what about a holistic mental and emotional detox?
Why do we Want to Release Past Emotions?
Negative emotions cause stress hormones. If not worked through, these harmful chemicals are stored in the body. This is how, over time, unresolved, suppressed emotions can cause dis-ease in the body.
There is a researched link between suppressed emotions and illness like cancer. There is also a link between anger and high blood pressure and between heart disease and hostility or cynicism. There’s a link between weight gain and unresolved emotions as these harmful toxins are stored in fat cells away from the main organs – the body’s way of protecting the organs. Considering the powerful mind-body-link, a rigid mental approach – wanting to control the outcome of things, holding on to things or people too tightly and resisting change – can cause stiffness, aches and pains; even arthritis in the body. Conversely, research indicates that, generally people who are optimistic, intuitively know they have a choice, the ability to let go, to flow with change and to laugh at themselves. They have a basic trust in people, are robust and healthy.
The Mind-Body Link
Bruce Lipton says that more than 95% of all illnesses in the body are caused by the mind. Stress, fear and limiting beliefs are the cause of most modern day ill-health. This is interesting and also very empowering as it puts us in charge of our own health.
So, how about an early Spring holistic detox? There is a lot you can do to invest in your own health. Here are 7 easy self-care practices to kick-start your holistic Spring detox:
1. Mindful Emotional Healing
Spend a bit of time with yourself in mindful reflection. How do you feel physically? How are your energy levels? Lately, what have you been feeling emotionally? Identify theses feelings. Is it anger, frustration, blame, resentment, low feelings, depression, sadness, fear, anxiousness, worry, hurt, guilt or shame? By identifying and acknowledging the feelings, the healing can begin. Now focus on what’s causing these feelings in you? What are you learning from it about yourself? What can you change in you? With this new insight and growth, it’s time to let it go.
2. Letting go
Negative thoughts and low, or fearful or angry feelings can sap your energy. The simple practice of letting go can be very healing. Releasing the thoughts and emotions with intent, can make you feel lighter. This is another purpose of meditation. Follow this Mindfulness Healing Meditation to reflect on the issues of the day, learn from them and then let them go. This way you can put the day to bed and tomorrow can be a whole new beginning, a clean slate. This is the beauty of life: everyday can be a new beginning.
‘When the mind is left without anything to cling to, it becomes still’ – Sri Ramana Maharshi
3. Cutting cords
Our interaction with people around us naturally create connections, sometimes physically, mentally, emotionally and also energetically. Connections are made through rapport, touch, strong emotions (even anger and upset), strong thoughts and communication (even on the phone). Such interactions can keeps us connected, even after we’ve parted. So there is still a flow of thoughts, feelings and energy between us. If you have many such connections open, your energy can feel scattered and you can feel drained. You are supplying others with your energy. If you still feel angry or upset with someone, these strong emotions keep you energetically attached. That’s why that person remains on your mind. Sometimes to cut these cords we may have to go through a forgiveness process. Forgiveness restores your energy and your health and sets you free. This release can feel like a huge weight lifting as you put the past behind you peacefully.
A powerful healing meditation to cut the energy cords after you have interacted with people, is the Huna practice called Ho’oponopono. I use this fairly frequently to clear any thoughts or emotions after intense interactions, to let go of people on my mind, to cut cords and bring my energy back intact. In this way you can put the past behind you and relate to those around you afresh. Sometimes you have to say no to some of the demands people place on you, so that you can restore yourself and create balance between others’ needs and your own.
Many of the energy practices such as Yoga and Tai-Chi have the purpose of cleansing, refreshing and re-energising your energy. Walking in nature can be equally refreshing. Nature is naturally cleansing. When you walk near water or trees, you can intend that your mind clears, that thoughts wash away and that your energy field is cleansed in the breeze. Getting enough sleep is also refreshing. Sleep acts as a reset for the body and mind.
Meditation is another way of clearing the mind, creating stillness and refreshing yourself mentally, emotional and physically. In a meditative state you can visualise a cleansing light showering down on you, cleansing the body and the energy field around you. Give the gadgets a break. The electromagnetic smog they emanate, impacts on your energy levels. Spring clean your house, clean your car and declutter with intent. When your environment is clear, your mind will feel all the clearer for it.
The inside creates the outside and the outside impacts the inside.
There is much you can do to re-energise yourself. We get energy from the food we eat, water we drink, soaking up sunlight and exercising. One of the most effective ways of re-energising yourself is through breathing practices – another purpose of meditation.
The Importance of the breath
– Breath is life. As long as we breathe we are alive!
– Breath is energy. Through breathing we generate energy.
– Breath is spirit. As we breathe in – inspire – we enliven ourselves.
Benefits of breathing
The simple practice of deep breathing is the most effective way to:
– Energise yourself
– Detoxify – 70% of toxins in the body are released through breathing
– Relax – a longer out-breath, like a sigh, relaxes the nervous system
– Slow your heart rate
– Raise your energy to higher vibrations and you feel uplifted
– Clear the mind
– Align your mind, body and soul
– Restore balance.
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