Have you ever noticed that when you have a strong emotion it can often be hard to express in words? You’re not alone. There’s a fancy word for it called “alexithymia”. Oftentimes, when we experience strong emotions, our brains “short circuit” and we have a hard time putting what we are experiencing into words.
Strong emotions can be challenging for us and affects our bodies different ways. By paying attention to what part of your body is affected, it may better help you put your feelings into words. When experiencing emotions, our brains send electrical signals to various parts of our bodies… We even have phrases that sum up exactly what part of our bodies are affected by our emotions.
You may feel “heart broken” when someone you love has hurt you or is harmed.
You feel like you’re carrying the “weight of the world on your shoulders” when you’re overwhelmed.
You may be “tingling with excitement” or have “butterflies in your stomach”…
Maybe you “get choked up” when you watch a sad movie…
Or you may have a friend or family member who is “hot headed”
Perhaps someone is just a “pain in the neck” when they stress you out..
This isn’t in your imagination. Studies have been conducted that show what parts of our bodies react to various emotions.
Emotions like stress & fear express themselves in your chest area, around your heart chakra. That’s why you may feel an actual tightness in your chest and shoulders and why stress has been directly linked to heart attacks.
Anger expresses itself in the entire upper half of your body all the way to the top of your head and including your arms and hands, which may explain why children and some adults strike out when angry.
While anger is widespread all over the top of your body, sadness is confined to one small area… your heart. The studies proved that when you are sad (or heartbroken), almost NO energy is going to the entire rest of your body and all the signals are going straight to your heart.
Conversely, happiness lights up your entire body. When you are happy, your entire body literally lights up with electrical signals firing all over, from the tips of your toes to the top of your head, with the heart shining the brightest.
Anxiety affects your heart chakra area as well as the sacral chakra area… hence the phrase a “nervous stomach”.
In order to come to terms with our emotions, we first need to acknowledge them and honor them. Lean into your emotions and take in the lesson you’re being shown or are learning. By tuning in to how you really feel, you are able to move through them more quickly and easily.
Depending on the emotion, you may want to choose crystals that either have the opposite effect (like choosing soothing crystals for anger or more energizing crystals for depression) or you may want to choose crystals that help you tune into the emotion so you can help facilitate the healing process (like choosing Rose Quartz when experiencing heartache).
Recommended crystals for challenging emotions:
Anger: Aquamarine, Rose Quartz, Selenite
Fear: Citrine, Chysocolla, Obsidian
Anxiety: Rose Quartz, Green Aventurine, Turquoise
Shame: Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Larimar
Sadness: Rose Quartz, Angelite, Selenite
Always take time to honor your emotions. In addition to using your crystals to soothe your emotions, you can add journal work, meditation, yoga and walks in nature and any combination of these tools.
Our emotions are our body’s way of giving us information. Listen to them.
Here’s a meditation I’ve created for you to help soothe your emotions.
Source: Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science and Brain Research Unit, O. V. Lounasmaa Laboratory, School of Science, Aalto University, FI-00076, Espoo, Finland; Turku PET Centre, University of Turku, FI-20521, Turku, Finland; and Human Information Processing Laboratory, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tampere, FI-33014, Tampere, Finland (http://www.pnas.org/content/111/2/646.full.pdf)