Emotions. Emotions. Emotions. How overwhelming emotions can be.
My guess, if you are reading this blog, is that when you feel intense emotions, you stuff it down with food.
You use food to make yourself feel better. You use food to feel just a little bit more comfortable, and you use food to numb out from those intense emotions. Am I right?
I want to offer another tool to help you in one of those moments where you experience a lot of intense emotional duress. Give it to the earth. What does that mean?
Give it to the earth. Here’s how it goes: you experience a moment of intense emotion, go outside, if you can be barefoot.
You might be standing, you could even be down on your hands and knees, you can be however you really want to be, but the idea is that you're in contact with the ground.
Take a deep breath in and as you exhale, you do a big releasing breath that is audible. Then as you release with that vocal exhale, you also envision sending that emotion into the earth. You just send it out of your body and into the earth.
Now, this might sound a little funny, and in some ways it is, but what if it helps? What if you could to that instead of binge?
Worth doing. Right?
I know, anecdotally from my experience and the experience of so many students of mine, that doing this kind of exercise can take you from being in a place where you feel right on that edge of out of control eating, to a place where you actually are feeling more calm, and grounded, and able to move through your day without going to food.
Just remember: get in contact with the ground, envision sending out the emotion into the earth and exhale vocally as you do it. May you experience this powerful release when you give it to the earth.