I have learned the hard way that emotional pain sits in the body and festers.
A few weeks before I began my EMDR therapy; My body was in a lot of pain. My neck and back were locked up for a few weeks, my stomach was a mess, and my ovaries were acting up. I’ve often had episodes like this throughout my life. My therapist proposed that my body was trying to tell me something and she suggested spending an hour a day with my body really listening to it. I laughed with disbelief and then honestly admitted I couldn’t imagine taking a whole hour to be still and listen; but, I promised that I would check in daily.
Listening to my body has been a whole new process. I have always made it a habit to stay busy, or distracted, I think I’ve been afraid that if I sit still and be open, some horrible memory, image or realization will manifest and grab hold of me.
I turned to EMDR to finally heal these old wounds. The side effects, have thrown my body for a loop! Anxiety, headaches, nausea, flashbacks and even vomiting while my trauma releases. I am slowly processing and nurturing myself through this healing process.
These are a few body healing habits that I have been using to tune in, listen to my body and heal.
You could use any of these methods for any type of anxiety, illness, or pain.
My therapist suggested this visualization:
Take your shoes off, feel the earth beneath your feet and take a few deep breaths.
Imagine your feet are sprouting roots into the earth and you are solidly grounded.
Take the anxiety and negative thoughts and let them pass through those roots,
Into the Earth, where the energy can be transformed and used to nurture the Earth.
I did this visualization after EMDR each time, and ended with hugging a tree.
Mother Earth resonates with me and I always feel healed in nature.
Epsom Salt Baths
I always knew Epsom Salts were food for aching muscles; but, I came across the above image recently and remembered my mom once telling me that Salt has cleansing properties. Perfect for cleansing old emotional wounds!
I mix up Epsom salts, sea salt and a few drops of lavender oil and soak for about twenty minutes.
Guided Meditation and Binaural Beats
I occasionally do the following meditation by Jason Stephenson while in the bath or before sleeping. It’s only 20 minutes and it helps me slow down, listen to and heal my body specifically.
Jason Stephenson has many wonderful meditations on his youtube channel.
Also, awhile ago I started listening to Binaural Beats with meditation music. I found a bunch of them on youtube and often listen to them as I am falling asleep. Binaural beats are specific tones and frequencies believed to be able to relax and heal the body and mind. It’s most effective if listened to with headphones.