This past week has been a time of great frustration and turmoil for millions of people. Emotions, both positive and negative, are a reality of the human experience and we cannot deny what we feel. It is never productive to say “I shouldn’t be angry.” Or even to say “It’s okay, what are ya gonna do?” when our truth inside is as far from okay as it can be. Denying what we feel is only going to feed it. What we resist, persists.
Finding healthy, productive and non-harmful ways to express those emotions is what is key. When emotions are particularly volatile it can be difficult to not fly off the handle, even when the discussion is with someone we love and trust. Energetically speaking, the front solar plexus (the energy center right over the stomach area) gets triggered when we are expressing emotions (especially negative ones) and our “buttons” get pushed. Have you ever felt yourself getting more and more uncomfortable during a conversation with a friend where you are in disagreement about a particularly important issue for you? Ever notice your stomach starting to get queasy or your throat beginning to tighten up? The more uncomfortable you get physically, the easier it becomes to just unleash words in an angry or aggressive tone.
The environment created by this past election cycle in the United States of America is a volatile one indeed. People are un-friending friends on Facebook if they voted for “the other side;” even friends who voted the same but disagree with certain viewpoints or how those should be expressed are disconnecting from each other. That’s one way to diffuse negative emotion, but it does prevent conversation and dialogue from occurring. Tolerance is so important and this cannot be developed if we will not talk to each other. Even friends who agree right now are finding themselves in situations where the best that can be agreed on is to disagree. Difficult times. And, the best opportunity to practice the spiritual teachings.
But what to do when your solar plexus is so triggered that all you want to do is lash out at the other person?
First, stop talking. Find the strength within yourself to just stop talking.
Second, breathe. Take a big, deep breath. Breathe in, hold for a moment, breathe out, and hold for a moment before you breathe in again. Do this as many times as you need to until you feel your stomach start to settle down.
Next, walk away if necessary, with the agreement to come back to the discussion when you both have calmed down.
Or, if you do not need to walk away because you are willing to continue the conversation as an open dialogue, cut the energetic cord between you and the other person. Just take your hand and swipe it in front of you over your stomach area like it is a knife and say silently to yourself, “cut.” Do this three or four times.
Next, move your hand over your abdominal area about 2-3 inches above your physical body like you are sweeping away the energy in that area. Just sweep it down to the earth. Continue breathing. This will release that pent up emotion so that you can continue your discussion. In Pranic Healing this technique is called sweeping or cleansing. It is a highly effective way to cool yourself down when you find yourself feeling emotional upset.
The subtle energy body is a powerful system of the human anatomy. This is the place where all humans are interconnected, like it or not, because we all are a part of the energy body of our planet earth. The energies swirling around the planet, and in the USA right now, effect every single one of us. It is useful and important for everyone to become aware of how we are affected by these energies, and even more important to learn how to work with them so that we can continue to talk to each other through these distressing times.
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