From Hiding to Expressing: My Odyssey of Embracing Authentic Emotions

From Hiding to Expressing: My Odyssey of Embracing Authentic Emotions

My Odyssey of Embracing Authentic Emotions

This painting was created at a moment when I felt like I needed to focus my soul. During the process, I felt like I was pulling in all my energies and refocused them into every stroke, and once completed my soul was balanced again.

In a society that praises the “keep calm and carry on” mentality, revealing and expressing raw emotions can feel almost rebellious. But every rebellion has its origins, and here’s mine: a transition from concealed unease to genuine emotional freedom

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The Masks We Wear: Hidden Behind the Facades

The initial days after my diagnosis felt like walking through a haze. As my body cried out in pain, my emotions seemed dulled, tucked away behind a facade of “I’m fine.” It was the path of least resistance—concealing my anguish, fear, and despair—thinking that my silence equated to resilience. But this wasn’t just a personal coping mechanism; it was also a cultural norm where showing vulnerability was equated with weakness, particularly when faced with something as overwhelming as chronic illness.

The Toll of Suppression: When Silence Speaks Louder

While these masks did offer a layer of protection, they came with a price. Physically, they led to escalating fatigue, mysterious body aches, and restless nights. Emotionally, it was like simmering in a pressure cooker, teetering on the edge of a dramatic explosion. Mentally, the perpetual balancing act between authenticity and facade was draining. The burden of unspoken emotions began to outweigh even the symptoms of my illness. It overtook everything, and I felt like I would never win this losing battle!

Moments of Authentic Expression: Unveiling the Real Me

The turning point was unexpected—one day, I decided to pretend no longer “I’m fine.” I would let the tears flow and words tumble out, raw and unfiltered. I would no longer say, ” I’m fine,” not to make anyone uncomfortable or to hide my discomfort like it is something to be ashamed of. To my surprise, the world didn’t collapse. Instead, I felt lighter, free from hiding, and embraced by close family and friends. That evening, I paved the way for more authentic conversations—with friends, family, and, most importantly, myself.

Nurturing an Environment for Authenticity: Creating Safe Spaces for the Heart

Cultivating an environment that fosters genuine emotional expression became pivotal. Here’s how I nurtured mine:

1. Physical Spaces: Cozy nooks at home, with all my favourite things, journals, canvases, paint, and all the artistic stuff, became my sanctuary.

2. Personal Mantras: “I owe my truth to myself” became a daily affirmation.

3. Community: Surrounding myself with people who listened and heard was vital. People who valued vulnerability as courage.

4. Emotional Check-ins: Daily self-reflection to understand and acknowledge my emotional state, even if just five minutes.

Embracing authenticity is not just about expressing genuine emotions; it’s about accepting them without judgment. It’s the realization that vulnerability is strength, pain can be poetic, and authenticity is liberating. If you’re on the brink of your emotional odyssey, know this: a supportive tribe awaits you, eager to walk beside you. Discover this and more with our Facebook Community, Creative Healing Pathways.

Until we meet again,

Kels

Exploring Crystal Energy: Color Therapy’s Role in Managing Chronic Illness

Exploring The Power of Color and Crystals!

I’ve always found the interplay between color, mood, and wellness fascinating. As a therapeutic art and mindfulness coach, I’ve seen firsthand how hues can impact emotions, inspire creativity, and promote healing. But until recently, I had not explored the world of crystal energy and its potential links to chronic illness management. Intrigued by the possibility of adding another layer of depth to my practice, I embarked on a discovery journey.

As I began my research, I was captivated by an incredible blog that explored color and crystal energy in great detail. It discussed how colors like blue and green, linked to tranquillity, clarity, and growth, could positively influence our energy and environment. Additionally, it explained how these colors correspond to specific chakras and crystals, adding an extra dimension to the healing process.

The color blue, for instance, is often associated with calmness and peace, making it an excellent color choice for areas where relaxation is the priority, such as a bedroom or a bathroom. This aligns with what we know about cool colors’ physiological effects: they can slow heart rate and decrease blood pressure. The soothing influence of blue could be particularly beneficial for those living with chronic illnesses, where stress management is often a crucial part of their well-being strategy.

Furthermore, blue is connected with the throat and third eye chakras, energy centers related to communication and intuition. These chakras are linked with blue crystals like calcite and kyanite, which are said to aid in clear communication and emotional release. Blue’s association with honesty, intelligence, and trust also contributes to its therapeutic potential, encouraging individuals to express their truths and trust in their healing journey.

Then there’s the color green, associated with the heart chakra, symbolizing love, hope, and healing. Like blue, green is a cool color with a calming effect, which can help those living with chronic illness maintain a sense of tranquillity amid ongoing health challenges. The blog highlighted using green crystals, such as malachite and fluorite, purported to support growth, abundance, and transformation.

While I’m new to the world of crystals, what fascinates me is the notion that these beautiful pieces of Earth could interact with our own ‘crystalline’ bodies and potentially amplify the healing intentions we set. This idea is captivating and warrants further exploration, even as we acknowledge that this is a holistic and complementary approach to be used alongside conventional medical treatments.

Of course, it’s always essential to remember that our experiences with colors and crystals can be highly personal and subjective. What resonates deeply with one person may not resonate with another. That’s why I advocate for individual exploration and personalization in the healing journey as a therapeutic art and mindfulness coach.

The combination of color, crystal energy, and mindful awareness of our environment presents a compelling approach to wellness, particularly for those navigating the complexities of chronic illnesses. I’m excited to continue exploring these areas and to see how this knowledge can enhance the healing experiences of those I coach.

Until next time!

Kels

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