We need a mix of darkness and light. Sometimes, the darkness repairs what the light cannot. I had a bodywork session (rolfing/structural integration) that released more emotions than I was ready to experience. I sat with the feelings and tried not to judge them but instead experienced them and let them go.
I’m pretty sure that they are old emotions I had stored away in my body. The significance of repressed emotions in the body cannot go unsaid. Christiane Northrup MD, a prominent women’s health doctor, refers to them as small ticking time bombs in the body and illnesses in incubation. They manifest in so many different forms in people like chronic pain, headaches, high blood pressure, depression, digestive difficulties, etc. This is where the beauty of mindful and releasing practices like yoga, art, laughter, running, and so many others become instrumental. We need the skill of being able to listen to our bodies as well as knowing how to let go to be able to work towards complete wellness.
Sometimes, I feel like sadness is merely a disconnection between your heart, body, mind, and soul; that’s why pranayama and mindfulness always seem to lessen the pain. A simple breath work could be to breathe in love and softness and expand on your inhale and to release on your exhale and breathe out any tension.
Another thing I like to do besides breath work when I am feeling sadness or disconnection is to think of the things I am grateful for. Gratitude is an immediate mood lifter and changer because gratitude and sadness cannot share the same space.
One thing I’m immensely grateful for is the sun.
I can choose happiness even in moments like this because in every piece of darkness, there is light and love. It’s all a matter of what you’re willing to see in each moment.