I’ve chosen to work a lot with emotional baggage, my own and those of my clients. I do it because I realized at a later time in my life that I had no clue on how to both honor my emotions, release what hurt, and speak without hurting others. It was part of the codependence that I grew up in and continued throughout my early family life. Every once in a while, when push comes to shove, I can still feel those old habits rise to the surface.
But I work on it every day. I can choose my thoughts and choose to change! And so do my clients as we figure out a new way to live.
Here’s some of what I’ve learned, and I hope it helps you, too.
Express Your Feelings Peacefully with the Help of Gratitude
In his poem, A Poison Tree, the great poet William Blake wrote, “I was angry with my friend. I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe. I told it not, my wrath did grow.”
When you suppress your feelings, both positive and negative ones, you’re keeping yourself from being all that you can be. Not only that but if you internalize your emotions, you are growing into the very same ‘poisoned tree’ that William Blake wrote about.
I remember a pastor talk about not letting a bitter root grow up inside you. I knew that I had one, but I didn’t fully know what to do about that bitter root.
After a divorce and a chance to do some introspection and counseling, I learned more about using different communication styles that would do less harm while still letting me say what I needed to say.
But it wasn’t until I learned about the energetic release of trapped emotions that it really came together.
By practicing gratitude every day, I’m learning more about how to release those bitter roots that have been stuck inside me for years. Even without my knowledge, I have kept certain unhealthy beliefs or reactions tucked away inside. I didn’t want that. And neither do my clients.
Certified Body Code Practitioner, life coach and energy healer, former non-profit executive with years of experience in caring for and about people and their place in this world. Friend of refugees and immigrants, ally to the addiction recovery community--all with respect, love, and compassion for mutual healing.