Allow Yourself to Be Emotional.

Via on Nov 16, 2013

Rachel Brathen

Allow yourself to be emotional.

Don’t hold it in. Scream, yell, cry, dance, sing, laugh…all expressions of energy that need releasing.

It’s important to find ways to release your emotions that do not harm or hurt other people.

My favorite? Allowing myself to cry my eyes out at something completely random at any given moment (diaper commercials, sappy movies, mean comments) without attaching to the trigger. It doesn’t really matter why I’m feeling what I feel right now, but it’s important that I feel it and allow it to be here.

Or in the case of this morning: coming home to one of the dogs having completely destroyed our front door, for no reason that I can see at all. Gave me a good five minutes of letting out my emotions…at the door.

The point is: crying is good. Yelling is good. Sitting with your emotions is good.

Hiding everything we feel away until we become bitter/frustrated/sick or simply start overreacting every time things don’t go our way because of the excess emotional energy we carry on our shoulders…not good.

 

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Ed: Bryonie Wise

 

About Rachel Brathen

Rachel is a yogi on a world tour. Born and raised in Sweden, she currently resides in the beautiful island of Aruba where she is busy teaching yoga at a resort in the mornings, coordinating retreats at noon, taking her three somewhat crazy dogs to the beach to keep up with the surf in the afternoon and trying to survive as a vegan (where no vegetables grow!) in the evenings. She firmly believes that life is not black or white – it’s black and white and blue and yellow with rays of pink and sparkle in between. You can teach yoga and still be a party animal. Meditate and ignore your spending problems. Be vegan and eat too much chocolate. Have a Swedish passport and live in the Caribbean. You can do anything, as long as it’s you! You can find Rachel on the beach, probably practicing her Astavakrasana, or on facebook.com/rachelsyoga.

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One Response to “Allow Yourself to Be Emotional.”

  1. Joe Sparks says:

    In my perspective, emotions are the built in natural healing processes we have available to us at any moment. We need to show our feelings in order to release tensions from accumulated distress which most of us carry. One reason folks struggle with emotions is cultural. Most of us have been massively trained to think it is a weakness, especially if you are a guy. It is easier to exploit folks when you are not allowed to be human. If you feel bad, buy something, or go and have a drink to calm down. What if we gave each other permission to show feelings.

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