One of the major contributions yoga can make to greater mental and emotional well being is its capacity to develop new ranges of feeling and expression. Like a tree that wants to grow into full expression, in the directions inspired by its natural ability, we also have a myriad of potential for feeling into and expressing our aliveness. But, like a tree forced to grow inside a box, we are hampered in our expression by cultural norms and expectations as well as our socialization. From a young age we are taught what kind of emotional expression is acceptable and will secure us the affection of our caregivers and peers. We.
I’m no stoic. Despite all my efforts, I have not been able to quell the torrents of my feeling heart. In fact in this moment I feel: – Content that I can relax in a sunwarmed chair in my favourite coffee shop. – Relief for having time to write my blog. – Anxiety because I really should be doing something other than writing my blog. – Sad that my gramma is in hospital – Happy that after a 14 month marathon I have finished my Master’s coursework Moment by moment I feel these emotions whirling and storming through me, each with different intensities and flavours. Depending on who you ask this may be considered.