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Hidden emotions surface when we start to heal the gut...

At the peak of my former career, I was prone to explosive anger. I felt as though I was in the wrong place, I expected more from myself and my life; and with the many, many, interruptions and problems that would emerge in a typical day as a manager, it didn't take long for me to hit my breaking point and unleash on the nearest person (once I found myself screaming at the top of my lungs in the phone at someone who kept telling me their check was "in the mail").

When I did manage to keep my anger and frustration in check at work, it found other ways to get through.

Picking fights or criticizing those closest to me. 

Denying myself sleep.

Shopping sprees and impulsive purchases that drained my bank accounts.

Taking unnecessary risks. 

Bailing on my commitments at the last moment.

Ironically, all of this added to my stress and frustration. It can become impossible to see clearly how we are spiraling...which is why it pays to have a few trusted advisors that tell you the truth no matter how difficult it is. 

When I began to take my health and lifestyle seriously, I began with a deep dive into healing my gut and the inflammation that had plagued me. In the course of that, a lot of anger resurfaced. Emotion that I thought had passed, came back stronger than ever. It was an opportunity for me to master it and learn to use it to my advantage. 

And I did. I bought a punching bag and gloves. I took salsa classes. I ran. I went to yoga. I began to meditate for the first time in my life. And I began to ask, "What are you here to teach me?" 

I allowed the energy of emotion to flow through me rather than lock down my gut. And as a result, the gifts of clarity and intuition began to open again. 

Now it's your turn! Share in the comments what emotion you have been struggling to suppress, and how it is expressing in your life. 

 

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