Grief is a normal part of life. It is part of being human, we experience ups and downs. Grief can occur after loss or trauma. Be it big- the loss of a house during a fire or the death of a loved one. Or small – missing a flight or losing a special item of clothing or even changing diet and lifestyle. Whatever it is, to live a mindful life, personal grief needs attention. This prevent the effects of grief from building up and lurking in the body as bitterness. Bitterness can manifest itself as arthritis and autoimmune disease down the line. Louise Hay’s work explains emotional symptomology. Work on moving emotions to joy now before they have an opportunity to get stuck.
Big traumas or a combination of small traumas can lead to fragmentation or dissociation. This is a survival mechanism for self preservation. Teal Swan explains this brilliantly and I recommend for those who don’t know what this is or those who don’t think that they are effected by daily grief to See video by Teal Swan on fragmentation.
Institutions don’t teach how to nourish the emotional body
Most people suppress emotions or over express them and repeat cycles of behaviour over and over again. In both of these scenarios the emotion is stored in the body as muscle memory. Science is beginning to prove this theory. References.
Are you an expresser or a suppresser?
Did you know that whether you suppress or express emotions can determine which disease states you are most at risk of. Over expressers tend to be healthier according to Dr Gabor Mate.
Integrate your shadow side with yoga
Yoga is a great tool to link movement with breath. When this happens we are able to integrate our shadow side as emotions move through the body.
E-motion = energy in motion
Yogic postures and breath work are a great strategy to become aware of emotions and where they are held in the body. The more fragmented we are, the more grief is held in the body. This is why movement in the form of a presence practice is so important in order to become whole. Whole is the restoration of health and happiness.
Where does grief come from?
Grief can come from many places. It may be our own, it may have been passed down from generation to generation. The most common grief comes from traumatic events in this lifetime. Especially those that occur from birth until the age of 7 when our psyche is conditioned. Trauma that is passed down via genetics is sometimes considered more difficult to dissolve. However Naturo-Therapy along with our healthy grieving protocol, address this effectively. See references here
Grief is something we are not taught how to process within schools or from conventional parenting. Yet if we did, we may be lighter, more wholesome people. Please consider the free grief protocol above to become the best version of you.