Your Emotions Are a Gift: 9 Ways to Make Them Work for You
We blame them on the moon, food, past lives, the devil, God, our childhood, our family, relationships, circumstances…but one thing is for sure… emotions happen… are you ready?
As I write this, I have a heap of emotions pumping through me… tears are going to fall any second, but I have a plan.
I don’t know about you, but don’t you think that as a creative person you were given more than your fair share of feelings…
Everything is felt so deeply… when the emotional pendulum swings, it swings far and wide.
But, this … while it may viewed as an Achilles heel…is really what makes us good at what we do…
I can remember a time when I was going through a bad relationship break-up in college… saying to myself… “If nothing else, I will be able to use this experience to better my work.”
Not always have I been able to have that type of clarity in the middle of emotional chaos, but thankfully over the years, I have had teachers, mentors and friends that have encouraged me to embrace my emotions… rather than stuff them, hide them, or ignore them.
I want to encourage this emotional freedom for you as well…
It is my belief that our emotions are our divine guidance system. Perfectly put in place as our compass to help us navigate our world.
From fear to anger to joy… we feel all of it, and to honor it all and allow it to move through us can give us incredible freedom, awareness and clarity.
And as a positive side effect – you will sense this freedom in your voice as well.
In my desire to support your emotional freedom… I am not talking about lashing out physically or verbally every time you feel like it. But I do want you to have a healthy strategy for checking in, observing where you are, and giving yourself avenues to respect and release emotions.
Another added bonus to this is that as you release and move through your emotions, they won’t have that perceived hold on you. It is like shining light in a dark room… you will see there is nothing to be afraid of… nothing to hide. And this awareness allows you to move up the emotional ladder to joy, love, freedom, passion, hopefulness, optimism, appreciation, happiness….
Can you see how this will boost your creativity, your efficiency, and your relationships on and off the stage?
Here are some of the ways that I allow for my own emotional freedom… try one or all, and if you have some that work well for you… please share them
Remember this is not about changing how you feel – but rather honoring how you feel in that moment…
3. Journal writing
4. Drawing or doodling
6. Listening to music
7. Putting the emotion into sound
8. Writing a poem
9. Share your feelings with a trusted friend, family member, or counseling professional
Using your divine compass has the ability to take you out of reaction and put you in your emotional driver’s seat.
Practicing the suggestions on the above list will give you healthy emotional muscle memory, so that when conflict or resistance arises…. and it will arise… you are able to honor yourself and move through the situation in a feeling and healthful manner; this benefits your voice, your craft, and your life. It is a win-win for everyone.
I am off to write in my journal….
Big hugs to you,