Do you repress your emotions?

“What meditation does is help you relax so you can actually see how you feel.”— @harinyc talks with @elenabrower at Deepak Homebase on 3.8.16⁣ ⁣

Many of us grew up in a society where we were told to repress our emotions. Don’t show feeling. Don’t cry, that shows weakness. Don’t embarrass those around you with your feelings. Don’t act out in public. DON’T DON’T DON’T.⁣

And collectively, we’ve created habits that keep our feelings internalized, that have them sinking deeper and deeper into our being. If these feelings never surface, if they’re never dealt with, just continuously swept under the rug and “forgotten” they will LITERALLY KILL YOU. ⁣ ⁣

Our bodies absorb how we feel, and to check something off with a “maybe I’ll deal with it tomorrow” attitude means you’ll probably never deal with it. So eventually your body catches up, and this manifests through stress, a heart attack, cancer. Your go-to might be to eat and drink your way through stress and all that haunts you, but your body WILL catch up. It needs to release. ⁣ ⁣

All that right there☝️is WHY meditation is so important. It’s not some crazy expensive solution to your problems. It’s not something that is so out-of-reach. It’s making the CHOICE to quiet the mind so you can have clarity. So you can deal with life. So you can see that what you’ve been repressing is probably a lot smaller than you’ve made it.

Overall, we’re all a little bit fucked up, we all have demons, which is why our culture is obsessed with crucifying those in the media that have messed up. ‘Cause we have yet to face our own demons. And when we do, a funny thing happens. Love shines so bright you can no longer close the door on it. ⁣ ⁣

Artwork by: @the_invisible_realm ⚖️⁣