Understanding the emotional energy centers of the body can help you realize how your emotions and repressed feelings affect your body.
The Mind And Body Are The Same
But what does that mean? The notion that our minds and bodies are not separate means your body influences your mind and your mind influences your body. And your emotions have an important role to play here as well. Our thoughts and feelings can greatly impact how we feel physically. And in turn, how we feel physically can greatly affect our thoughts and emotions.
And this has been believed for a long time. Galen of Pergamon, a renowned physician & philosopher in the Roman Empire, believed that the mind and body are intricately connected. According to his theory and medical discussions, specific physical states caused specific mental states. Moreover, the works of Frederick Matthias Alexander, an actor who developed the Alexander Technique, showed that tension in the body can cause other physical ailments.
Moreover, recent scientific studies have also found that indeed our minds and our bodies are not separate. The growing number of evidence shows that excessive stress can actually make us physically sick. The Whitehall study was a UK-based medical study of civil servants. The research found that people employed in low-level jobs with minimal autonomy & high stress were twice as likely to develop metabolic syndrome leading to diabetes & heart disease than people working in higher-level jobs.
Your mind & your body are connected.
Problems Of The Mind And Body
Addressing the problems of the body can actually help us in healing the problems of the mind. Most of us believe that stress and anxiety occur completely in the mind. Although that may be partially true, when you have anxiety or fearful thoughts & emotions, your body shows certain physiological symptoms as well, like –
- Increased heartbeat
- Shortness of breath or rapid breathing
- Stomach pain
- Fatigue or weakness
- Muscle tension
- Shaking & trembling
These physical symptoms are a manifestation of your anxiety. Your anxious thoughts and feelings lead to a very specific physiological state. The same is true for depression and other mental disorders. All mental health issues are manifestations of a functional disruption in the entire system. Our minds and bodies are integrated and linked on a fundamental level. And it is only by addressing the problems of the mind, we can heal the body and vice versa.
If we believe that mental illness is separate from the body and emotions, then we will be grossly mistaken. Our mind, body and spirit miraculously operate together as a whole unit, which science has only recently started to understand.
The Mind-Body-Emotion Connection
It is pretty clear that our minds and bodies are not separate. However, the mind and body are not separate from emotion either. All of us feel certain emotions like grief, anger, and anxiety. However, when we do not allow ourselves to feel these emotions, they become suppressed in the body and the mind.
As these hidden feelings find no other way out, they move down into the energy system of our physical body.
When these emotions are stored in the body, your body tells you about it. Suppressed emotions often manifest themselves through headaches, chronic pain, digestive issues, throat problems, etc. Our body tells us what we need to know and how unreleased emotions affect our emotional energy.
Understanding Emotional Energy
As we begin to understand more about the relationship between the analytical brain and the emotional brain, we realize that the emotional brain has certain administrative power over our mind. It affects our experiences, memories, thought processes, and even decision making.
How we understand, utilize and deal with our emotional energy determines how well we live and how happy we are.
Our bodies offer us a constant supply of valuable information regarding our experiences through bodily sensations. Emotional and sensory information is stored and recorded first in the memory and later in our thoughts & perceptions. Thus, the sensations we feel in the body can help us understand who we are inside, how our experiences have shaped us and how we can transform our lives.