Thank goodness for yoga. The hard-wired reactions have diminished through therapy, journaling, yoga, meditation and continuous inner work, yet will on occasion be triggered. Thus the inner work is continuous.
Now when I’m in a situation that triggers an emotional charge, I locate in my body where the emotion lies. As I breathe into it while in my yoga practice, I am able to release the psychic tension, usually in a big exhale, sigh, cry, sometimes in a hearty laugh. The release of inner tension brings tremendous freedom and relief. This release of bound energy eventually eliminates the triggers until they become old funny parts of myself.
What allows me to go in and do this inner work is the meditative aspect of my practice, with a specific focus starting on the muladhara chakra. Muladhara is the ‘root’ of our being, our earth element. It holds our first impressions of life. It is our sense of groundedness, and security both emotional and financial.
When triggered we are like a bucket or boat leaking vital energy. Meditating on the root chakra contains that energy and brings us back into our belongingness and abundance. Harmony and peace become part us and we come into our higher calmer relaxed self.
We then begin our journey to the next chakra. Svadisthana the water element.
To be continued….