Are Your Bottled Emotions Causing You Pain?
Bottled up emotions are the breeding grounds for all kinds of mental issues, not only for adults and seniors, but children too. How do we learn to feel fully and then transcend our emotions to insure a better quality of life? The first question we need to ask ourselves is does the emotion come before the thoughts or do the thoughts pop up first? Actually they happen quite close to each other. Usually fear comes spontaneously as a response to a perceived threat or a sudden outside stimuli, while anxiety comes from our ruminating, repetitive thoughts.
In either case we need to zero in on our subconscious mind. Our ultimate goal is to make sure the subconscious that drives our thoughts and emotions is cleansed. Childhood traumas or haunting memories create emotions that are not very easy to manage and can take place either in the external or the internal environment.
Karma, the Compassionate Teacher
There are situations where a person finds herself or himself in an atmosphere where it is so deeply negative and oppressing that no matter how much one tries to be positive, one cannot make much difference in her or his emotional state. The abusive and negative energies are continuously streamed from the external environment and we succumb to this oppressive climate.
Each of the situations that arise or happen to an individual has some relevance to the ultimate cleansing of the karma, as it is so very important for a soul to purge the past and move through to the next phase of evolution in the ladder of consciousness. We have to go through physical and mental agonies to pay off the past debts of karma, that is only way to cleanse the mistakes of the past. This is a result of the natural law, “as you sow, so you reap.”
Meditation, Mindfulness, Gratitude, Release
Yes, we have to clean up the smudges on the mirror of our subconscious mind. Then only the reflection of the Self can shine forth. If modern science is to be believed, and the ancient cultures of the East are to be accepted with trust, then meditation, mindfulness, gratitude, and prayers and rituals all have their role to play. They help create the mind and heart that can take the pain when it comes, watch the pain as it arises, and allow it to dissolve as the time becomes ripe for it.
One very effective method of healing and growth is to focus the mind whenever one is gripped with the rise of an emotional trauma of any kind of fear or anxiety. We should watch the flame or the energy rise, and then when it is at its peak, we lovingly offer it to the divine, or universal consciousness, and relief is usually felt instantly. It just leaves; the whole burden leaves as if something has evaporated.
Everyone has to go through his or her life dramas, the pre-scripted stuff of life. It is the one certainty. No one escapes. So if with acceptance, we acknowledge our deepest emotions, watch them rise in intensity and then unburden ourselves to the benevolent, precision run universe, a great heaviness is lifted.
Yoga, a Holistic Approach to Life
If one is truly sincere, then one can take the path of daily yoga practice. Physical yoga is only peripheral. Yoga has to be a holistic approach to everything in life: food, clothing, and everything that is ingested in the body through all the sense preceptors, and what kind of company one keeps. One truly soaks the mind with the divine vibrations of regular meditation and prayers, of acceptance and surrender, of watchfulness and vigilance. One has to sincerely try to rise above the emotional pulls and the force of gravity. One has to be regular in practice of physical and emotional training through yoga and mindfulness. Over a period of time, if there is consistent practice without continuously looking for the results and quick fixes, one could create a different kind of physical cellular structure, a different kind of hormonal balance, and different kind of mind-heart blend.
Most people are inconsistent in the practice of anything that can change or clear the dirt on the inner mirror. People learn every technique in the world, read every bit of knowledge on the subject that bothers one, but when it comes to regularity of practice, and most importantly, giving the heart for it, this is where one goes wrong, or falters. However, if one is truly eager to overcome the emotional traumas, then both letting the karma play itself out and presenting consistent yogic efforts should mingle together to create the magic that one wants to see.
Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari (Kolkata, India): Globally acclaimed motivational teacher (mindfulness meditation, stress reduction) author, peacemaker (Man of Peace Award 2012) Visionary social advocate; founded Lokenath Divine Life Mission, 1985. Serves thousands of poverty-stricken individuals in India. (Lifetime Achievement Award, House of Lords, UK, 2015) www.courseinmindfulness.com/www.facebook.com/srisri.shuddhaanandaaamazon.com/author/shuddhaanandaabramachari