Healing your heart....

I hunch my shoulders and shallow my breath pretty easily theses days. As my life has become somewhat more complicated I have also become less resilient … funny how that happens - or maybe not?

In life we may go through many things: loss, heartbreak, betrayal - a wide array of emotional hurts. Over time, these experiences cause us to put up little walls around our hearts to avoid getting hurt, so we may slowly begin to close off, adding layer upon layer over our vulnerable hearts. The heart space may then become closed.

And this my friends was year 2017 for me. 

Although the story from my past no longer streams through my memory bank every night (well most nights anyway) I still get surges of the pain throughout my body and this is mainly felt within my heart. Somedays like a knife slicing right through it, and others just a soft leaking puncture.

It is said that our heart chakra is related to our ability to give and receive love, and with my pierced heart wounded I began to close off - to everyone and everything. When it is closed or imbalanced, we find it difficult to feel love, compassion, grace, and peace. I have felt and experienced this first hand, as have many of your - I am sure of it!

If you have ever read about healing the body by healing the heart, you know that holding onto negative beliefs and thought patterns can manifest as a variety of physical upsets potentially causing disease within the physical body. If we can address the emotional blockages, we can heal the body more effectively.

So how can we help open and balance our heart space, and release tension and blocked emotions? We can’t think our way through it, we need to feel it ... and by honestly allowing yourself to feel and release these emotions, you release the pain and trauma associated with it. 

What are emotional blockages?

Emotional blockages are created by past negative experiences, unresolved emotions, self-defeating behaviours/patterns and self-limiting beliefs which are counter intentions that contribute to self-sabotage. They act as a defence mechanism to deal with deep emotional pain experienced in traumatic, destructive, and dysfunctional situations ranging from the loss of a loved one, betrayal, abuse, rejection, and so on.

How emotional blockages manifest in your life

Unfelt or suppressed emotions like anger, resentment, and guilt are dense emotions and block our energy. The emotional body is magnetic and holds on to suppressed emotions until you allow them to move, by expressing them. Unless released these emotions hinder you from raising your vibrational frequencies and can result in physical manifestations like chronic pain, anxiety, migraines, ulcers, and other forms of illness. A healthy emotional body vibrates and attracts light, which is what raises consciousness.

‘Triggers’ activate undesirable feelings like anger, fear, hurt, sadness etc. from past experiences that have been repressed. You may be triggered by a person, a situation, song, smell, colour, etc.  For instance, when triggered by anger you may deflect your feelings and blame another or the situation. When you react to a trigger, it is a fear-based reaction and fear has a low vibrational frequency. Most often people react in anger even if what they feel is fear; they do this to protect themselves from feeling hurt. For most people anger becomes the primary defence mechanism. It is necessary to move anger (and other negative emotions), a dense energy out of your physical and emotional body in order to attract positive experiences. Emotional blocks can affect all areas of life, relationships, finance, career, health, etc.

Do you feel stuck in life? Look deep inside yourself to find the answers. You may find emotional blockages that stop you from achieving your goals and stunt your emotional growth. Discover how releasing emotional blockages through therapeutic Yoga Nidra can be a useful tool in your life.

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Casey Cordoba