Wow, what a week. That new moon energy I spoke of really stirred and shook me up on Thursday. I felt energised, anxious, tense and tired all at once! Once Friday came and the new moon had passed I felt much better.
Something I have been doing lately – with all the change happening in my life – is writing down how I am feeling in my journal when I first wake up in the morning. My friend Astara reminded me of this in her post this week at The Sacred Serpent. She highlighted the importance of looking at and acknowledging our emotions on a daily basis. Writing, drawing, dancing and singing can all be wonderful outlets for our feelings. Any activity that brings our feeling state out into the light to be looked at and released is really wonderful.
It sounds really simple but just the act of writing down how I feel actually resolves many of those daily niggles. Once I have written one or two pages, I feel lighter and there is much less intensity to those more unpleasant emotions like frustration, anger and impatience.
Sounds like a nice way to start the day?
I also dance most mornings, meditate later in the day and do some yoga stretches before I go to bed. But that’s just what I have found works for me. And even with all that, I still feel stressed and get a tight neck and shoulders on a regular basis. Oh, and don’t mention those itchy eyes that have returned to me this week.
All of us women really need look after our physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. Particularly for those of us who are partners and mothers, as we often end up as the nurturers and energetic sponges in our families. You know, we take on and feel what others in the home are not able to, or are blissfully ignorant of.
This especially happens when someone close to us passes away. Most women of Anglo-Saxon heritage have grown up with the unconscious belief that it is the woman’s role to hold and express the grief for the males in the family. This old and outdated pattern is slowly changing today, but even for those of us who grew up in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s, it was common to be raised with this cultural practice.
I have found that the flow-on benefits of acknowledging and releasing feelings on a daily basis are; a greater capacity to roll with whatever is happening in my day and not react strongly to those little everyday hassles, and a much greater openness to goodness, love and all manner of blessings.
That sounds lovely doesn’t it.
Wonderful week to you all,