Feeling our feelings is vital to living a life that is present and full of power. When we think about them instead of feel them, we may eventually come to a solution but the underlying energy that is stored in our body’s nervous system around this event will likely remain. Consciously this past event may be resolved, but subconsciously it lingers and can be triggered/reactivated by random inane events in the present. These forgotten energies ultimately block us from feeling whole, completed and satisfied. Eventually, we just accept our reduced level of functioning as “fate” or perhaps we say things to ourselves like “I guess I was born this way”, or “This is who I am (shrug).”
I’ve been fascinated by the mind-body-soul connection for a long time, and have spent a substantial amount of effort learning about the physical and emotional ways that we heal, as well as spent countless hours healing my own past traumas (which in fact is an on-going process). Reading this recent Psychology Today article titled “To Heal from Trauma, You Have to Feel Your Feelings“, I was reminded how prevalent it is for us to want to detach from feelings in moments of conflict (or even in moments of ecstasy), thus solidifying their triggers in our present.
In my artwork, I explore the boundaries where mind-body-soul meet and the mental and emotional healing that occurs there to be able to live a full and vibrant life.