It’s time to recognise the trapped emotions, fears, anxieties and unprocessed life experiences we hold in our bodies. They are the source of everything that ails us. ~ Gaia
In the heat of a moment, emotions can be triggered as a result of an outside stimulus that sets off a cascade of reactions within you. When you are very stressed or you have unprocessed emotions from the past, your reactivity to a given situation may increase in intensity and throw you into a feeling of being imbalanced and out of your comfort zone. These sensitivities affect your relationships, create polarisation and constrict communication that so necessary for connection and support in life.
When emotional reactivity takes you away from your resilience and empowerment, the results can distort focus and behaviour. You may notice:
A man walking is never in balance, but always correcting for imbalance ~Gregory Bateson
There is a positive side to feeling being pushed off your center:
You learn to navigate the ups and downs of your emotional life and accept the imbalances are as much a part of the flow of life as balance is.
You can learn to appreciate both imbalance and balance states of being in life.
It can become an opportunity to access repressed emotions and release them
You can develop awareness and curiosity about your reactivity and begin to discover tools that teach you how to make the choice to respond rather than react.
Reactivity gives you permission to express emotions that may have been held back for a long time
You have the potential to develop self-acceptance and embrace the truth that imbalance and reactivity are simply part of being human.
Knowledge is empowering. When you become aware of reactive behaviours and their sources, it is possible to train your mind to make a different choice. You can be present with your emotions without judgment and learn how to introduce a different more balanced approach that supports emotional stability even in the midst of imbalance.
It is possible to be in the grip of emotional reactivity, feel imbalances and still be OK. You can learn how to stay awake to the shifts while maintaining focus on goals and the present moment even as you navigate the imbalances that arise in life. It is part of our spiritual potential and our growth.