Emotions Are the Language Of Our Souls.
I love this poem by Rumi. It’s one of the most frequently quoted verses because it describes most beautifully and insightfully the role of emotions in our lives.
THE GUEST HOUSE – by Rumi translation by Coleman Barks
“This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.”
Emotions come to our temples (our bodies) for a reason. Somebody once said that they are the language of our souls.
However, from the wisdom of eastern traditions, ‘negative’ emotions are energies which are captured in our bodies.
Those energies have come from unhealed and unresolved childhood wounds.
When we were small and entirely dependent on others (our care-givers), our bodies and the psyche were very malleable and impressionable. The emotional wounds inflicted by them, very often unconsciously or in believing that it was for our own good, got embodied in our physical bodies as energies.
I struggled so much with my emotions; I used to call them the “bad ones” – like anger, hatred, annoyance, envy, jealousy, sadness, despair, loss …
I tried avoiding them, pretended they didn’t exist, but in the long run, nothing worked. The suppressed or avoided emotions would lash out in the moments that I least expected, causing real havoc for both myself and those around me.
But what I learned is that emotions need to be acknowledged, allowed, as Rumi said : “to welcome them as a Guest”.
When you let the storm of emotions be felt, sensed, observed in your body in a non-judgmental way, like bundles of energy, they pass through you and dissipate. The process of feeling and sensing your emotions is called embodiment. It is the most fundamental method for healing your emotional landscape.
It is so empowering when the energies trapped by our emotions are released, which were pent up in the process of suppressing them, and at the same time making a place for ‘a new delight’ (as Rumi said).
Embodiment not only releases you from your childhood emotional wounds, but also gives you the freedom to choose your response instead of subconsciously reacting to your emotions. The freedom to choose our response at any particular moment is called authentic empowerment – conscious living.
When we stop being slaves to our emotions, they don’t trigger any more unconscious reactions from us, and more energy is released and available for a ‘new adventure’.
I invite you to welcome all of your emotions (good and bad ones), feel them, acknowledge them, and create a space for a ‘new delight’.
And who knows what that delight will be? Discover it for yourself!