Fly Emotions, Fly!
Written by: Melanie Groves; Metamophosis Healing
“If you spend your time hoping that it doesn’t rain tomorrow, you are wasting your time. Your thoughts don’t change the rain.”
Michael A. Singer, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
I love this quote from the book The Untethered Soul. It’s hard to pick just one quote. If you’ve read the book you know what I mean. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend adding it to your reading list. The quote is brilliant though. Getting stuck in worry, anger, jealousy, regret, these feelings won’t stop life from happening, but they sure do stop us from having a life. A purposeful life.
“You’re so emotional.”
There was a time when that phrase would trigger more emotion in me. I would fight against it as if though somehow to feel and express emotions was weakness or undesirable. Like I had to reign in emotion, bottle it up or not feel it. But what if we learned to express the emotion and let it go? Like making a wish on dandelion fuzz. Acknowledge the emotion is there and then let it go. Watch as it floats up, up, up, and away. According to Singer, in the book, we get stuck when we don’t let the energy of the emotion pass. We get stuck when we try to somehow control or hold on to the emotion. The trick is actually the opposite. Watch the emotion, from the perspective of the observer and let it flow and fly away.
We are not meant to tame our emotions, we are meant to open the cage and let the emotions fly free. Emotions are not as scary as we’ve been lead to believe. In fact, they are useful; they are a sign to show us where our thinking has been. It’s meant as a gauge. You wouldn’t yell at the gas light in the car when it is signaling, “hey pay attention, you are getting low on gas”. You might actually be happy for the signal, grateful to see it in time to gas up.
Emotions are the same. They signal to you, “hey pay attention, you’ve been stuck in your thinking.” So like the car analogy, it’s the signal to release the emotion and go back to your techniques for quieting and calming the mind. The emotions are a gift that is meant to be felt – and then let go. Like a sunrise or a sunset, I can’t carry the emotion with me, but I can soak in the wisdom and the beauty of it. So feel the emotion, observe it, learn from it and then let it go free. Fly emotions, fly!
Like all new techniques it takes practice. Here to help you is this week’s meditation where we let go of the burden of the attachment to our emotions.