The Healthiest You Series
Just as the physical body needs nourishment, so does the Emotional Body. At first glance, we can readily acknowledge that this nourishment is supplied by the emotions and experiences of love, joy, comfort, happiness, etc. And while these are all major sources, there are also many, many other varieties of emotional nutrients to consider.
Some of these include: interest, excitement, engagement, connection, harmony, beauty, vitality, expression, reward, recognition, solitude, peace, clearing, activity, appreciation, forgiveness, freedom, understanding, intimacy, worthiness, success, etc. There may be others that come to mind for you.
The ones that piqued your interest here might be ones that you need at this time. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
And at the same time, it somehow makes us feel better just knowing this. It is amazing how this works. This is because the Emotional Body is going…”Finally! Finally, I am beginning to be understood.” And a flood of warmth flows in. Sit and just bask in this idea for a moment…
The idea of and attention to emotional nourishment is a fun one.
First, we want to become aware of the many different and wonderful ways to nourish.
Next, we want to learn how to bring these in.
Find quiet place just to be. Ask for guidance, love and protection.
Take a few centering deep breaths.
(This is a feeling exercise so try to quiet the mind as best you can.)
Start to notice and feel your Emotional Body. This is done by identifying and becoming familiar with the emotional energy surrounding you. This is the area that holds and governs your emotional activity. What does it feel like? Is it balanced? Does it feel slightly off? Is there a place that feels lacking?
When you are ready, ask the question to your Emotional Body, “What do you need?”
Wait for the answer.
The answer will come in a feeling, generally speaking; but be open to thoughts, visual clues or other avenues of expression that will lead you to the answer. You may even just come to ‘know’ the answer without being able to describe how.
Spend some time here just feeling, noticing, observing and being aware. This is where you are developing your sensitivity to feeling your emotional body and what it needs.
Just notice what comes up.
Then, when something does come up that you can identify, send a message of appreciation to your emotional body for showing this to you and for identifying it. Surround the encounter with a warm glowing light.
Then, whatever the identified quality is (love, joy, connection, warmth, recognition, excitement, connection, etc…) give this to yourself.
The way to do this is to take a moment and feel what this quality feels like. Explore deeply what this quality is, what it means to you and what it feels like to you. If it is a quality that you would like, but is unfamiliar to you, then spend some time imagining what it would feel like.
Bring it into your inner self.
Bask in it.
Expand it. Encompass it.
Fill up with it.
Know and experience what this quality feels like inside.
It is as simple as that.
When you are filled up and ready to complete the exercise, come back into daily awareness and know you can connect to this whenever you need.
The more you do this exercise, the deeper you will go and the more aware and in tune you will become. Keep in mind that there also needs to be a system of releasing, in order to make room and to keep things in balance. So, don’t forget to attend to this aspect as well.
Our outer world is largely influenced by our inner world. Notice after just doing this exercise once that your perspective, feelings and view of the world changes. You become lighter and happier. Notice how doing this exercise regularly brings greater love within and how the outer world evolves to match it.
Have fun and play around with it. And, as always, give yourself a lot of credit for going deeper, feeling more and reaching for a better place.
The Emotional Body: Part 1, The Basics
The Emotional Body: Part 2, Intake and Releasing
The Emotional Body: Part 3, Nourishing
The Emotional Body: Part 4, Developing Intuition
Mental Body and Spiritual Body series to follow.
-L. Leigh Meriweather
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