Emotions, Like Water, Carve Us into Our Best Selves
Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body. Irene Claremont de Dasstillejo
Emotions are not meant to be stuck. Like the ever-changing forms of water, they should never stay as ice. Our happiness is steam, our laughter, joy and sadness, all tears like rain, and our knowing wisdom, water vapor that make clouds dot the blue sky. When emotions get stuck, they manifest as tightness and rigidity in the body. In yogic terms, these stuck places are called samskaras, as in ‘little scars’, that take root and don’t want to let go, but when we patiently work with them through movement or sound, the breath or utilizing stillness, we can allow them to rise, dissipate and let the sun shine through our entire being once again.
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.Loran Eisley, The Immense Journey, 195
Many of us are incredibly busy, on purpose. We fill our days with endless tasks, besides even the ones truly required of us to feed, clothe and shelter ourselves, in order that we might not feel, so profoundly, the weight of such heavy emotions we have pushed down into our depths. Taking just five minutes to allow emotions to move through the body, like clouds passing over a summer sky, is blasphemy. We dare not take time to feel what we are truly feeling, and then let it go, because the weight is so heavy, we are afraid of what it would feel like if it wasn’t shored up so well.
All the water that will ever be, is right now. National Geographic, October 1993
It isn’t that en-light-ened people are so much wiser than you, or that they haven’t had to deal with incredible shock or trauma, it is simply, that they have allowed those emotions to pass through themselves like water. It has carved out who they are, and left no debris in its wake. When the water is a rushing current, they let it flow. When it is a raging torrent, they let it flow. When it is a brook-like trickle, they let it flow. There is an allowing of the emotions to not stagnate in a filthy pool, to become samskaras, which stay in the body and cause it pain and disease. Take some time today, and just listen to your own heart. Allow whatever needs to move through you to do so. If it helps, listen to some relaxing music, light a candle, or find a serene place in nature to take your Self. Just listen, and allow. This is one of the biggest gifts you can ever give yourself.
Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny, Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World.
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