May this blog find you all in great spirits.
According to Miriam Webster’s definition, emotion ( i-ˈmō-shən) is (1) “a subjective response to a person, thing, or situation and (2) “depth of feeling.”¹ It has its etiology from three origins: Middle French émotion (“a moving), Old French emouvoir (“stir up”), and Latin emovere (“move out”).²
I have chosen to continue the topic of emotion(s) flowing through these recent blogs as I have come to re-discover the importance of emotions in our everyday life. I am especially revisiting our ability (or lack thereof) to fully express our emotions in a safe, healthy, and effective manner. Specifically, I am interested in the tools we all are utilizing to cope with the onset of challenging emotions.
The perspective that I follow when it comes to emotions are three-fold: (1) the feelings and sensations that we are experiencing within our selves, (2) the feelings and sensations that we are experiencing with people, places, or things, and (3) the response(s) that we are engaging in based upon our experiences. Regardless of the path that you are on with such expressed emotions, the most important thing to consider is/are the tool (s) needed to guide you towards your emotional healing/well-being.These tools can take on many forms based on your personality, lifestyle, cultural background and various other factors unique to you. The key is to keep these tools simple but effective. The goal is to always keep them unlocked and ready to use as part of your daily self-care regimen.
I asked several of my warrior women friends of what their emotional “tool box” looks like and below are some of the themes that were shared by the majority. Interestingly enough, most of the tools provided involved some form of the body being engaged through one or more of the five senses (sight, hearing/sound, touch, smell, and taste) and moving.
~Music, chanting, dumping (venting), being outdoors, food, dance/moving, silence, isolation (“me-time”), and singing.
As you may have recalled earlier from the definition above, emotions are something deep within us that needs to “stir and move out”. By this definition, this seems to imply that emotion lives in/within our body. Thus, it only makes sense that we use the act of motion/moving via our body to release these feelings/sensations.
What emotional tools are you using towards your goal of being your strongest, true, and balanced self?
Breathe Love Laugh Dance (BLLD)
HUM & Ynav