Yoga teaches me to experience my emotions. One of my favorite sayings from one of my favorite teachers and people, Angela DiNunzio, is "Emotion is good. It's energy in motion. It means things are moving. The tricky part is when we become identified with our emotions. Like, 'I am sad or angry' instead of 'I am experiencing sadness. I am experiencing anger."
I love it when she reminds me of this. There tends to be shame around experiencing emotion. At one time I had this idea of the perfect yogi, always blissed-out, either at peace or extremely happy. And conversely inherent in the perfect yogi view is that the experience and expression of emotion shows weakness.
With that image in my mind, I couldn't ever live up to the sadhu I'd placed on a pedestal. And I noticed students projecting me to a place ‘higher’ than themselves, even higher than me. That was an uncomfortable place to be because it did not feel authentic. I honor my highest Self, yet am wonderfully human in the same space.
There is union between the feminine and the masculine when we allow ourselves permission to feel our feelings and recognize that these feelings are temporary and do not define our higher selves.
When I feel something, I don't block it. I allow it to pass through, knowing that it will change with time. This feels right to me, though I find myself becoming judgmental - "Why do I feel this way. I shouldn't feel this way." Or the ever popular - "How did I let someone make me feel this way." - and consequent heaping of anger at myself for being afflicted on top of all the other emotions.
It's silly really to judge ourselves for our emotions, or to blame others for them. By denying them, we give them more power. So, allow yourself to feel and experience your emotions. Your feelings are cues as to what is right and in alignment for you and what no longer fits. When you allow them to pass by without acting on them, they often lose their power, their hold on you while providing valuable information.
Hi! I'm Robin - Teacher, Singer, & Author. I love creativity & sharing what I love!