Welcome to Day 27 of the 30 Days of Forgiveness. //
Today, while reading, I noticed a tightness in my body.
As I checked in inside, I recognized the tightness as an age-old feeling of anxiety. I decided to get curious and open to learning about what was causing this anxiety. As I did this, it dawned on me. I recalled that I was just reading about the diseases and deaths of several people.
You see I am reading this wonderful book called The Warmth of Others Suns (Goodreads link) by Isabel Wilkerson, and as I near the end of the book, I can’t help but feel affected by the continued hardships that affected these black migrant families.
Upon continued inquiry, I also discovered an underlying belief that is the primary cause of my own suffering. I believe that unresolved and unaddressed negative emotions cause disease and premature death.
So when I read about the fates of the people Wilkerson interviews, I can’t help but wonder if the afflictions they experienced were due to unresolved pain and negative emotions. What if—I mused—what if they were to have worked on and healed the deep hurts that filled their lives?
The beauty inherent in these stories are that they cause me to reflect upon my own life. I can’t help but look at how I deal with hardship in my own life, and it fuels a great desire to release and let go of the unresolved emotion present in my own life.
In truth, I don’t want the negative emotions of the past to become stuck in my body, so I take the necessary time to welcome them, feel them fully, and let them go.
Take a moment today and check in with yourself. How are you feeling?
Are there any unresolved emotions present within? Are you ignoring any anger or resentment? Or are there any feelings present which do not promote health and wellbeing?
If you can not find anything. That is wonderful. There is no need to do anything else but enjoy your day. However, if you check inside and feel any unaddressed emotions, take a moment to honor these feelings by feeling them fully, then release these emotions and set yourself free.
For Example: After I sit with my emotions. Welcoming them and allowing myself to feel them fully, I imagine these negative feelings turn into little black birds. I then envision opening my hands and setting these black birds free. I watch them fly into the sky—up, up, and away—up to God for healing. For me, doing this allows these feelings to be released from my body, and this allows me to return to my natural state of inner peace and joy.
Please Also Note: There is no wrong or right way to do this process. Nor is there any need to dig around looking for something to work on. I just encourage you to create space to see if there are any unresolved feelings that desire your loving-kind attention.
Alright, dear one. I hope that you consider lovingly attending to any negative emotions that need attention. Open the doorway to health and healing and walk toward your God-given state of inner peace and joy.
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As always, I am holding space for your health and healing.
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