The Emotional Body: the Basics

The Healthiest You Series

Many of us understand how to achieve better physical health: exercise, eat well and get enough rest…plus or minus a few other rules. However, how many of us are aware of the other bodies we need to take care of? These include an Emotional body, a Mental Body and a Spiritual body.

The focus of this article is on the Emotional Body and what it needs for optimum health. The first step is to understand that we do, in fact, have an emotional body, what its purpose is and how it works. The second is to gain some basic information on how we can connect and communicate with it for optimal emotional health.

To start, emotions serve the purpose of helping us guide our life, align with our inner purpose and help us make right choice for us. Just as our physical body manages the aspects of the physical body, the emotional body manages the functions of our emotions in relation to ourselves and our lives.

The Emotional body even has a digestive system, similar to the physical body. This is where intake is ‘digested’, items are broken down and it is decided what to keep (nourishment) and what to discard. When we are not consciously aware of this, it can seem like emotions are something that happen to us and even get in situations where we feel we are on a roller coaster ride or overwhelmed with emotion. This is because we are not connected to the fact that we are doing the digestion, that we have communication and influence in the digestion. We are not getting the message the emotions are trying to give us and we are not using emotions wisely.

Emotions can also help us access and create more of what we want in our inner world, which helps us do the same in our outer world. In addition, emotions can help us heal and develop our intuition and inner knowing.

Keep in mind that emotions and feelings are different. Emotions are temporal expressions of a certain type of energy. Feelings are in the inner world and are related to our core self. I can experience anger (emotion) at being fired because in my inner world I feel hurt. The joy (emotion) I experience with my dog is because I feel deep love for her. The fear (emotion) I experience is because of unsafety or insecurity I feel inside.

It is not as important to make the distinction every time and detail this out. It is more important to generally realize there is a separation and that emotions are here to guide us to better understanding our inner world. Emotions are meant to be a tool. We do not have to be attached to them, over whelmed by them or hurt by them. Fully grasping this distinction can be a huge step in emotional health.

So, just start to notice and feel what you are experiencing on a very average everyday experience.

Emotions serve as a way to guide us to know how we are feeling.  Often, we process this without realizing it. How many times do we leave a room or make an odd decision just based on a ‘feeling.’ Our emotions and feelings are here to help us and we are in constant communication with them, whether we realize it or not and whether we pay attention to them or not.

Once we start to pay attention to our emotions and see how they are related to our inner self and inner feelings, we can work with them better, and make choices that more align us with our highest self and even help the emotional body discard that which is not needed. This can be done for small, every day decisions to larger, life direction changing decisions.

When we have the skill and ability to know what we are feeling and why, we can be clear in our intention, communication and be better balanced emotionally.  It can also lead us to develop our intuition deeper.

Exercise:

The first step is to start to pay attention to our emotions and how they are related to how we feel in our inner self. This takes some time. The purpose of this exercise is to get to know your baseline. You need to know where you start. Get familiar with your specific type of feelings and emotions.

Start by taking 5-10 minutes to overview your day and the various emotions that you had.

Sometimes you might be surprised to see where you had a reaction to something that you did not fully understand. It could be a simple as being irritated at a salesperson or a experiencing a sudden sense of sadness you felt during the day. If you look closely, you will find a connection to something. It could be that something in the salesperson reminded you of someone who hurt in the past or a picture of a couple in an ad which reminded you of a certain time and feeling .

Next time you have a strong emotional reaction to something, take the time to look deeper. Ask yourself what you are feeling or what else this reminds you of. Delve deeper with it. Give yourself permission to explore. You can also do this with a past occurence.

One of the most important aspects of doing an exercise like this is to do it objectively. Just observe and look. Try not to attach any judgment, blame or wrongness about it. Truly just try to see it as a messenger.

Once you are able to identify it, it is easier to understand and deal with it. From here you can start to process it or make the decision to discard it.

The first exercise here is just to slow down and notice. Spend some time in reflection about the various emotions you experience and how they are related to your inner feeling and inner self.

In kindred and loving spirit,

L Leigh Love

Continued posts to follow:

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.

Picture
L. Leigh Love is a Spiritual teacher, Certified Intuitive Counselor and Life Coach, Mind-Body Medicine practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, Advanced Pranic Healer and Ordained non-denominational Reverend. She completed the  Mind-Body Medicine professional training program through The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School.  She also has a master’s Physician Assistant medical degree. As well, she draws on 20 years of training in Psychology, Spiritual Studies and the Intuitive and Healing Arts. She has a passion for helping clients heal and live their best lives.
She helps clients nationally, internationally through remote session and in-person at her studio.

cei_smaller_logo

RAA_logo copy

cmbm-logo-web-1024x376

logo

Bright Star Contact info

Copyright © 2009-2021 Bright Star Studio, llc. All rights reserved.

All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any written, electronic, recording or photocopying without written permission of the publisher or author. The exception would be in the case of brief quotations embodied in the critical articles or review and pages where permission is specifically granted by the publisher or author.

Spiritual and Energy Cleansing Lemon Bath

Yellow is a ‘sun’ color. It makes us feel happy and optimistic

It lifts the soul. It is cheerful, joyful, friendly. It helps you go through changes. Lemon is a natural cleanser with qualities of purification and love. The lemon symbolizes the human heart, light and love. Lemon is known to bring in feelings of healing and love in addition to calming and a sense of well-being.

So, with this in mind, it seems only fitting that lemon would be the ideal agent to help with energetic and spiritual cleansing. Here is what you do.

Set aside a time to hold your Spiritual/Energy Lemon Cleanse.

This can be done with either a bath or shower. Both are nice and have unique qualities. With a bath, start by adding a few drops of lemon to the water prior to entering. Then add more as needed. With a bath you can feel totally surrounded and emerged in the cleansing. With a shower, it is easier to visualize the negativity being washed off, down the drain or to change water temperature to aid in different feelings. Both are nice.

Hold the intent the entire time that the purpose is to cleanse energy, ridding and washing away negative energies for the highest good. Ask for divine protection.

Visualize and feel the negative, heavy issues being washed away.

Think of, visualize and feel the cleansing qualities of the lemon being used to aid in this. I like to use several lemons and taking them just from the refrigerator so the are nice and cool. I also de-seed them just prior to use.

Lighting a candle helps bring in the transformation and regenerative energy of fire.

Keep in mind that coughing or gagging can be the physical expression of the body eliminating energetic gunk. Go with the flow.

Playing soothing music may add to the goal.

Holding each lemon or lemon half in the palm of you hand acknowledging the cleansing spiritual quality of lemon, honoring and thanking the lemon will help strengthen the effects and bring in more light and love.

During the cleansing gently squeeze drops from the lemon slowly from head to toe. Feel the cleansing, feel the love, feel the gunk wash away. Bring in the light and love. Surround yourself in light and love. See and feel bright yellow, golden light as you do this.

If you have other essences, lavender or chamomile, make nice additions and helpers although, not necessary.

Any of this can be tailored as desired. The important thing is the intent and feeling of cleansing and restoration.

Have fun!

Spiritual Cleansing Energy Session: When more is needed, a dedicated energy clearing/cleansing energy session can be done. The energetic qualities of Yellow, Lemon and lavender are used in conjunction with Reiki and Advanced Pranic healing techniques. 30 minutes, $45; 60 minutes, $85. (pre-session consult and self healing instructions are included). Distance Sessions are $65. Call the Studio to schedule.

See more at

https://brightstarstudio.net/spiritual-clearing-and-cleansing-session/

To order: https://bright-star-studio.square.site/product/spiritual-clearing-cleansing-session/22?cp=true&sbp=false

Picture
L. Leigh Love is a Spiritual teacher, Certified Intuitive Counselor and Life Coach, Mind-Body Medicine practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, Advanced Pranic Healer and Ordained non-denominational Reverend. She completed the  Mind-Body Medicine professional training program through The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School.  She also has a master’s Physician Assistant medical degree. As well, she draws on 20 years of training in Psychology, Spiritual Studies and the Intuitive and Healing Arts. She has a passion for helping clients heal and live their best lives.
She helps clients nationally, internationally through remote session and in-person at her studio.

cei_smaller_logo

RAA_logo copy

cmbm-logo-web-1024x376

logo

Bright Star Contact info

Copyright © 2009-2021 Bright Star Studio, llc. All rights reserved.

All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any written, electronic, recording or photocopying without written permission of the publisher or author. The exception would be in the case of brief quotations embodied in the critical articles or review and pages where permission is specifically granted by the publisher or author.

Pet Love Poem

 

       Pet Love Poem  

What great love I have for you.
You touched a very special part of me.

I look into your eyes and I feel love,
I think of you and there is love.

I honor you. I love you.
And I thank you for blessing my life.

Though we must part physically,
you will always be with me,
in my heart, in my soul
and in my life.

I will focus on this
and will continue to love
and appreciate you and all that you gave.

Let me remember…
Love exists in all realms,
and then love exists in its own realm,
in its own space in our heart and in our being,
it is bigger than the physical,
it is more than the emotional.

The love I have for you is always there,
The love we share is a permanent part of me.
I can reach, anytime.

Our relationship and love is timeless.
You will continue on with me, and I with you.

-L. Leigh Love

Picture

L. Leigh Love is a Spiritual teacher, Certified Intuitive Counselor and Life Coach, Mind-Body Medicine practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, Advanced Pranic Healer and Ordained non-denominational Reverend. She completed the  Mind-Body Medicine professional training program through The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School.  She also has a master’s Physician Assistant medical degree. As well, she draws on 20 years of training in Psychology, Spiritual Studies and the Intuitive and Healing Arts. She has a passion for helping clients heal and live their best lives.
She helps clients nationally, internationally through remote session and in-person at her studio.

cei_smaller_logo

RAA_logo copy

cmbm-logo-web-1024x376

logo

Bright Star Contact info

Copyright © 2009-2021 Bright Star Studio, llc. All rights reserved.

All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any written, electronic, recording or photocopying without written permission of the publisher or author. The exception would be in the case of brief quotations embodied in the critical articles or review and pages where permission is specifically granted by the publisher or author.

For permission requests, write to the publisher, addressed “Attention: Permissions Coordinator,” at  Bright Star Studio, 1712 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 28791

The Sacred Tree

Book Notes on The Sacred Tree: Reflections on Native American Spirituality

This book overviews the spiritual qualities and gifts of the four directions in connection to life: East, South, West and North.

One of my favorite quotes in this book is:

“It will not be until we journey from the East to the far North of the medicine wheel, to the place of wisdom, that we will realize that within every one of us is hidden the potential to guide others on some part of the journey of the four directions.”

This truly helps remind us that, the journey is best shared, and that we all can play an  intregal part in another’s development. We all are divine. We all matter. Just a moment of reflection on this can help us feel greater value for ourselves and each other.

Soon Love Soon – Vienna Teng

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqEyi_MUHF0]

This particular performance and this song elevates me.

I never tire of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqEyi_MUHF0

Boyfriend Duck

I was out of town on business after work on day and strolled down to the local park which has active wild life.

This time in particular, I was looking to let others feed the ducks while I shared bread with the local beaver couple who lived there. I call them ‘Mr. and Mrs’. I sat by the edge of the pond waiting for the ‘Mrs’ to show up, letting the ducks pass. A few cute mallards walked by. We exchanged polite greetings. The mallards were followed by a different species of duck.

These ducks were white with a beet-red mass of gnarly bumps of tumor-looking skin surrounding their beak. At first I was visually taken aback and in an instant, out I thought, “hmm. That’s kinda ugly.”

This surprised me because quite frankly, I hang out with toads. It was a fleeting thought and trying to be gentle with myself had to remember that I cannot completely escape my societal influcences, which values more than anything a smooth, wrinkleless appearance. I laughed. Besides, I know what is in my heart. So, I looked up at the lovely lady duck in front of me.

However, as if having heard that thought about her being ugly, the lady duck stopped still in front of me. She poignantly blinked once and then stretched her head a little higher, turned and waddled on. She had chosen to gracefully ‘ignore’ the comment.

Her boyfriend, however, well… that was a different story. He rushed forward, stopped, looked me square in the eyes and proceeded to let me have it.

It sounded something like this:

“Waack weraaaakk Rwarkkk! Rwreerkck! Wreireck ererck requeck er awrecht! Waearck. BPpthepeft!”

And translated emotionally into something like this:

THAT was rude! She is BEAUTIFUL! She is ABSOLUTELY beautiful. ‘YOU’ are the one who is UGLY.”

And he ended with giving me a raspberry:

“BPpthepeft!”

He then did a fast waddling stomp to further make his point and to catch up with his woman.

I paused and thought, “Wow. I just got told off by a duck.”

I was greatly impressed at that and what a great boyfriend he was, defending his woman and all. It was quite touching.

In addition, he was right. And he had no qualms telling off a human. I like that in a duck.

I said to him what was in my heart, “You are right. I am sorry. She IS beautiful. She is absolutely beautiful.”   -L. Leigh Love

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Picture

L. Leigh Love is a Spiritual teacher, Certified Intuitive Counselor and Life Coach, Mind-Body Medicine practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, Advanced Pranic Healer and Ordained non-denominational Reverend. She completed the  Mind-Body Medicine professional training program through The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School.  She also has a master’s Physician Assistant medical degree. As well, she draws on 20 years of training in Psychology, Spiritual Studies and the Intuitive and Healing Arts. She has a passion for helping clients heal and live their best lives.
She helps clients nationally, internationally through remote session and in-person at her studio.

cei_smaller_logo

RAA_logo copy

cmbm-logo-web-1024x376

logo

Bright Star Contact info

Copyright © 2009-2021 Bright Star Studio, llc. All rights reserved.

All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any written, electronic, recording or photocopying without written permission of the publisher or author. The exception would be in the case of brief quotations embodied in the critical articles or review and pages where permission is specifically granted by the publisher or author.

Ladybug

My 12-year-old black lab and companion, Kelsey, had recently passed. I was trying to distract myself with work in the office. Mattie, my 1-year-old lab, somehow conveyed to me that she was missing Kelsey. I stopped what I was doing and took some time to be with her.

I hugged her in consoling efforts…maybe I was projecting. I don’t know. I tried to convey to Mattie that I missed Kelsey too but, that she was still here in spirit and that she loved us.  I started to cry.

I sat there for a while with her, hugging Mattie, missing my girl, Kelsey.

Then at some point I took a deep breath and I turned back to my work.

There on my pants leg was a ladybug that was not there moments before. I greeted the Ladybug with a ‘Hello’. The ladybug proceeded to crawl on my hand. She crawled and crawled and crawled. I tried to keep it on my hand to take it outside, as I do with most insects.

This was a particularly cute ladybug and I went outside and sat with it for a moment to get some comfort in my sadness. I am always looking to connect with an insect. I was missing Kelsey. I was remembering the black butterfly encounters, happy for them but wishing there had been more.

The ladybug kept crawling and would occasionally fly down to other fingers on my hand and crawl back up them…. crawl back down…fly back…crawl down…. fly back up. She did not fly away. She was very affectionate. She flew on my shirt and crawled up it, then back on my hand.

She was playful in way that I knew intimately. I thought in a brief moment of my sadness, wouldn’t be nice if she sat over my heart. No sooner did the thoughts float out of my head, that the ladybug did just that. She sat there several minutes facing me, sitting still on my chest….just as I had wished.

And then I knew.

I knew like I knew I was breathing.

It was my girl.  It was my Kelsey.

We had a nice visit and I wept. I was painfully thankful.

She said ‘I came like this because you used to call me ‘Ladybug’.

I wept hard, and even harder still, but in a happy, deep, thankful way. A way that stretched my depth of understanding, love and connection.

I love her and her gentle, sweet, tender, playful influence and guidance in my life.

-L. Leigh Love

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Picture
L. Leigh Love is a Spiritual teacher, Certified Intuitive Counselor and Life Coach, Mind-Body Medicine practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, Advanced Pranic Healer and Ordained non-denominational Reverend. She completed the  Mind-Body Medicine professional training program through The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School.  She also has a master’s Physician Assistant medical degree. As well, she draws on 20 years of training in Psychology, Spiritual Studies and the Intuitive and Healing Arts. She has a passion for helping clients heal and live their best lives.
She helps clients nationally, internationally through remote session and in-person at her studio.

cei_smaller_logo

RAA_logo copy

cmbm-logo-web-1024x376

logo

Bright Star Contact info

Copyright © 2009-2021 Bright Star Studio, llc. All rights reserved.

All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any written, electronic, recording or photocopying without written permission of the publisher or author. The exception would be in the case of brief quotations embodied in the critical articles or review and pages where permission is specifically granted by the publisher or author.

Roly Poly

This story is for anyone who has ever felt different.

I went to visit with a toad friend of mine, where the water is set out for him.

He was not there.

I called for him and reached out for a stone in the water.

I held the stone in my hand closely, speaking with my heart.

The stone became warm.

I felt a heartbeat, mine or its , I do not know.

Then I noticed crawling on the brick, a roly-poly…

an albino roly-poly.

I said ‘Hello’,

then,

‘You are an albino’.

She said “yes.”

“You are different from all of the other roly polies.

She said ‘yes.”

“I feel different from all of the humans.”

She said ‘yes.”

I wondered how she dealt with it.  I mean, being a part of something, yet being so different.

All of the other roly-polies are the same.

“How?  How do I say I am different, yet the same?”

“Yes, you have special talents and gifts to share. Yet, your being different does not take away from their being unique.”

Each are different and unique, in different and unique ways. Some are more externally obvious than others,  some not.

“As well, your being different does not erase your commonness.”

There is always a common thread amongst you… all of us, really.

“I am drastically unique in my expression of a roly-poly, yet I am still undoubtedly a roly-poly.”

My  message to all is:
‘Delight in your uniqueness, in a foundation of your similarities.”

Picture

L. Leigh Love is a Spiritual teacher, Certified Intuitive Counselor and Life Coach, Mind-Body Medicine practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, Advanced Pranic Healer and Ordained non-denominational Reverend. She completed the  Mind-Body Medicine professional training program through The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School.  She also has a master’s Physician Assistant medical degree. As well, she draws on 20 years of training in Psychology, Spiritual Studies and the Intuitive and Healing Arts. She has a passion for helping clients heal and live their best lives.
She helps clients nationally, internationally through remote session and in-person at her studio.

cei_smaller_logo

RAA_logo copy

cmbm-logo-web-1024x376

logo

Bright Star Contact info

Copyright © 2009-2021 Bright Star Studio, llc. All rights reserved.

All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any written, electronic, recording or photocopying without written permission of the publisher or author. The exception would be in the case of brief quotations embodied in the critical articles or review and pages where permission is specifically granted by the publisher or author.

For permission requests, write to the publisher, addressed “Attention: Permissions Coordinator,” at  Bright Star Studio, 1712 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 28791

Wolf Honoring

 For those that wish, please join in this Wolf Honoring Ceremony by taking a moment to say a loving prayer and hold sacred space for our wolf family.

Wolf Honoring, Loving and Protection prayer

Loving wolves, we honor your spirit and send you great love.

Thank you for being here and sharing your wisdom and strength.

Thank you for your love of Mother Earth and all her creatures.

We ask Divine protection to be with you,

and for you feel our love and appreciation.

We honor your presence here on Earth.

We ask for light and love to surround you

and to be in the hearts of all humans.

Please help ease the anger,

and for all to feel the grace of love and compassion.

Help us all to feel your love.

Help us to know our own divinity and for us to shine bright.

Bless the wolves, and bless the humans.

Bless our life in harmony with all.

We ask for love, comfort and protection for all in need.

Picture

L. Leigh Love is a Spiritual teacher, Certified Intuitive Counselor and Life Coach, Mind-Body Medicine practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, Advanced Pranic Healer and Ordained non-denominational Reverend. She completed the  Mind-Body Medicine professional training program through The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School.  She also has a master’s Physician Assistant medical degree. As well, she draws on 20 years of training in Psychology, Spiritual Studies and the Intuitive and Healing Arts. She has a passion for helping clients heal and live their best lives.
She helps clients nationally, internationally through remote session and in-person at her studio.

cei_smaller_logo

RAA_logo copy

cmbm-logo-web-1024x376

logo

Bright Star Contact info

Copyright © 2009-2021 Bright Star Studio, llc. All rights reserved.

All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any written, electronic, recording or photocopying without written permission of the publisher or author. The exception would be in the case of brief quotations embodied in the critical articles or review and pages where permission is specifically granted by the publisher or author.