As discussed in the previous article, the Emotional Body has a digestive system, much similar to the physical body. It just works in the emotional realm.
What this means is that there is a system of evaluation. In a healthy and ideal system, the Emotional body will keep that which is nourishing and release the rest. This is the overall goal and objective.
Many times, when we are unaware of the intake evaluation process, we accept everything that is thrown at us or presented to us, or we do the opposite and reject everything. In the former we take in too much and the later we take in too little, including nourishment.
So, the first big step is to recognize and start to work with the initial intake evaluation of emotions. This may seem like a difficult concept for some. But, just realize that there is a choice of what we bring in from the outer world into our inner world. If you are already comfortable with this process, you can begin to work deeper with it.
A basic example would be if someone were to say to me “Leigh, I think these articles are stupid” or if they were to roll their eyes when I tell them what I do. In the past, I probably would have been hurt, upset or at least have felt bad. Now, I’ve learned I can look at the comment/gesture, evaluate it and then decide what to do with it. This is done before reacting.
Now, who the person is that made that comment, and the situation play a large part in deciding whether to take it in or release it and not bring it in (therefore not being hurt by it). If this is a stranger, it’s easier to give it no value. If other reasons followed the comment or if this is my spiritual teacher, then that will take further work.
The idea, at least in the beginning, is to slow things down to understand all of the elements at play.
I do not have to feel bad because someone does not like my work. I can discard the comment. Another way to look at this would be choosing not to participate. Or I can choose to evaluate my work on a different level. I can digest the comment further and decide if changes do need to be made or if this is helping me identify something I need to address or heal.
This whole work on spiritual development is microscopic management and understanding of the inner world and how to make your inner world healthy and beautiful.
The two parts here are identifying what is being presented to you and what is in your inner world, and then deciding what to do with it.
The next time you have a noticeable emotional reaction (big or small), take a few minutes to look at it a little deeper. Ask yourself to describe what you were feeling and why. It is very important to remain extremely neutral with this. Give yourself permission to be as honest as you can. Do not judge, just notice.
Deep self honesty is the foundation of spiritual health and the ability to heal.
Practice consciously making the decision to take in or release (discard) different things presented to you.
If the item is unpleasant then you can choose to discard it. You can even take it a step further and replace it with a thought or emotion that is nourishing, which would be a deeper skill. You can also deem it for the highest good or send it love.
The ability to release that which is no longer needed, that which is harmful and that which no longer serves is very important and vital to a healthy system.
Take some time to think about what it is you no longer need that you can release. Send it away with love. A deep or forced exhalation can help.
This also gets us looking at the inner self and thinking about what it needs for nourishment. This can be a deeper exercise to play around with. Take some time to think about what it is you need and how you can give it to yourself.
Doing this type of exercise will help you further be able to identify what is being presented and also what is in your inner world. Both are huge and valuable skills.
And always, give yourself lots of loving credit for engaging in practices to make you happier and healthier!
-L. Leigh Meriweather
The Emotional Body: Part 1, The Basics
The Emotional Body: Part 2, Intake and Releasing
The Emotional Body: Part 3, Nourishing
The Emotional Body: Part 4, Developing Intuition
Mental Body and Spiritual Body series to follow.
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