In this already intense world we live in we are fueled by intensity. The mass amount of choice in toothpaste or deodorant we have, the constant advertising, the “rat race” to move up the corporate latter, the overcrowded public classrooms, the pressure to have the perfect body. I get the feeling that this intense pressure is not a great thing for us. This intensity opens the body up to a gamut of expressions in a short span of time. We feel joy, love, grief and anger. Perplexity, frustration and deep confusion. When we do not allow ourselves to feel these expressions how can we expect to soften their intensity. In many of us we were not taught how to fully express emotions. We were taught some are ok to feel like happy, joy and love but others such as anger and turmoil were never talked about. When a person is not taught to fully express an emotion that emotion still happens but gets blocked down somewhere in the body, most likely our connective tissue. This emotion not expressed can manifest into many negative outcomes. If we learn how to soften the intensity of emotions we are more likely to express the full range of these emotions thus not getting blocked down. With our breath we can allow our awareness of the sensation of the emotion expand, noting how it moves outward, shifting its tone over time. For example rage peaks and then settles down, amusement may come up suddenly leaving a trail of happiness as it moves through us. If we allow ourselves to feel the vast depth of the sensations of our emotions they soften.
Written with the hopes that one may learn to fully express the full range of their emotions.