All emotions are recorded in the heart just as much as they are processed by the brain. Our experiences of emotion come from an interplay between the two essential organs. As body and mind intertwine, the emotions you experience and all the events that have transpired in your lifetime, have a significant impact on your physical health, vitality, and energetic sense of well-being.
Due to this interaction, it’s not uncommon to feel emotions as physical sensations within your heart. Odds are, you’ve experienced this for yourself. Have you received unfortunate news and immediately felt your heart drop in your chest? Of course, your heart hasn’t actually moved, but that doesn’t make the sensation any less real. When you experience excitement, your heart pounds and its muscles tighten. When you lose someone you love, you feel as though your heart has broken.
There is a reason why the heart is involved in all these metaphors regarding strong emotions, despite knowing that the brain is the processing center of all sensations. It's the same reason the human heart has been a symbol for emotions since ancient times. Research confirms an undeniable link between your heart and your emotions. A 2013 study, concerned with mapping emotions, found that while all emotions can trigger sensations in your heart, certain emotions have particularly strong associations with sensations that occur in the chest area; these emotions include anger, anxiety, shame, and fear (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2013).
All of the emotions and events that have transpired throughout your lifetime are not just sensed by the heart, they are energetically recorded there. Every emotion leaves an energetic imprint. When there is imbalance in the emotional energy stored in your heart chakra, you may begin to exhibit symptoms ranging from sadness or moodiness to mistrust, possessiveness, or even pain. Left untreated, the emotional wounds begin to grow and the side effects become more severe.
This is why emotional stress is so closely linked to heart disease and dysfunction. Many emotions can inflict damage to the heart if we are not careful. Most of us know that anger is bad for your heart. Psychological factors including stress, grief or job loss also correlate with high blood pressure, heart attack or even cardiac arrest.
Loneliness and depression can be even more harmful. Studies show that even if we are doing all the right things in relation to diet and exercise, people who suffer from depression or loneliness are still at an increased risk for developing heart disease. This is particularly true for women. Nieca Goldberg, MD, chief of Women’s Cardiac Care at Lenox Hill Hospital explains that women have a tendency to internalize anger, rather than expressing it. All those suppressed emotions weaken the muscles of the heart over time. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for good health, but so is being mindful of the energy we carry.
Energetic imprints of unserving emotions can become stuck in our heart. Left unresolved, they grow stronger and more harmful-- overpowering the positive energy that is present. By learning to release our emotions, we can begin to restore peace, energetic balance, and good health. Enjoying good emotions can help with that too. Perhaps the Dalai Lama said it best: “As human beings we all want to be happy and free from misery... we have learned that the key to happiness is inner peace. The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger, attachment, fear and suspicion, while love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness."
A practice of self-love, forgiveness, and emotional release is especially helpful at keeping the energy stored in your heart chakra more balanced. Energetic practitioners seek to improve lives by using intuition to guide clients through recognizing the energetic barriers that sabotage good health and hold us back from realizing our greatest good. Schedule a consultation with Rose for more personalized guidance on how your emotions are stored in your heart.
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What To Remember:
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for good health, but so is balancing the energy we carry.
All these emotions are recorded in the heart where they sometimes become stuck.
By learning to release this emotional energy, we can begin to restore peace, energetic balance, and good health.
- Kang, Steven. Health Encyclopedia: Emotions and Heart Health. Retrieved from University of Rochester Medical Center.
- Lummenmaa, Lauri, et al. (January 2014). Bodily maps of emotions. Retrieved from National Institutes of Health.
- WebMD. (May 2005). Many Emotions Can Damage the Heart. Retrieved from WebMD.
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