Imagine being able to release your negative emotions…
Last week I wrote about the difficulty people have in releasing negative emotions.
Suppressing emotions can even be harmful to your health. In 2012, psychotherapist Eric L. Garland’s study showed that people who suppressed their thoughts and feelings often, had a stronger level of stress response than those who did not.
I am sure this doesn’t surprise most of you, but yet people still seem to feel ashamed or guilty when they experience negative thoughts or emotions. I am a serious advocate of positive thinking. However, it is normal for negative emotions like anger, anxiety, sorrow, jealousy or resentment to arise within us. Acting out or acting on these emotions is not in our best interest, but we do have options other than supressing them.
The following article in Scientific American discusses this topic from a therapist’s point of view. He recognises the benefits of meditation (mindfulness in particular) to help people be aware of accept their positive and negative emotions. It is an interesting article and describes some of his patient’s experiences. To read the article on negative emotions click here
As described in the article, the key is in learning to accept any emotions you have. The emotion itself is not inherently good or bad, it just simply ‘is’. Accepting your emotions is the first step to genuinely releasing them.
Meditation is very useful in helping you learn how to open up to the negative feelings you are holding on to. I have learned how to use meditation as a tool to access emotions hidden in all the layers within me. Once you become aware of, and allow yourself to feel the emotion, then you can genuinely release it.
If you would like to experience this yourself, click here to view the meditation webinar “Releasing Negative Emotions”. You still have 1 more week to view it on my youtube channel.