I’ve never as actively engaged with grief as openly and willingly as I have with this current experience with death, and the learnings have been many, with more sure to come.
How many of us have felt moments of deep despair, pain, or grief? In these moments where it feels like the sun has stopped shining forever, we can sometimes feel completely absorbed by the waves of our emotional turbulence. I’m willing to bet we have all felt a variation of this at one point in time or another.
In examining the relationship we have with our bodies, an important question to ponder is if we truly appreciate and express gratitude for all our bodies do for us. I know I certainly didn’t love my body for most of my life. Rather than treating my body like the precious vessel for my soul and beloved friend that it is, I chose instead to shun it and judge it based on arbitrarily society-constructed beauty standards.
Our bodies do so much for us – this is an undeniable truth. Our bodies engage in so many unconscious processes, which by their very definition, require no thought or effort on our parts. It fights off infection and keeps us healthy to the best of its ability. Our hearts keep the blood pumping throughout our bodies. Our lungs constantly provide us with prana – life force energy. Our feet carry us on all of our life journeys. Our hands hold close what is dear to our hearts.
We all encounter moments in life where our emotions and thoughts may become overwhelming. Our mind can begin to swirl with ruminating thoughts and we can feel the emotions running rampant throughout our body.
For some of us, these tumultuous states seem to appear more often than not (shoutout to my fellow anxiety-prone friends) and often, we are at a loss for how to stop these energies from taking over our day.
For those who have tried traditional therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, or dialectical behavioral therapy with little or no progress, here are 7 alternative therapies for those who better process experience and emotions through a more creative avenue.