June in The Brain Care Café we used music as a tool for Emotional Release. It’s remarkable how effective music is for triggering, feeling, experiencing, releasing etc feelings and emotions. And that’s because melody and emotion ‘hang out together’ in the limbic system.
Kind of like best friends – they always do everything together. So, melodic music, by its very nature, gets us in the feels. (Anyone else here cry in Disney movies?🤚🏼)⠀
When we cry/laugh/express ourselves in glorious, tiny moments each day we might keep ourselves from becoming pent up. But no matter how good we get at releasing emotion, the job will never be done. Kind of like housework.
We can scrub the house till its sparkling, and fool ourselves into thinking the work is done. But it only takes one playdate, birthday party or Friday night drinks for us to remember…
In my own personal practice, I use music to induce tears every single day! I do it purposefully, daily emotional release for me is kind of like the daily vitamins and minerals. I just know I need it to stay healthy.⠀
Often I just have my few minutes of tears but sometimes (Um. LIKE the whole of 2020 for eg.) I’ve had so much emotion (mostly sadness) that it just keeps coming. Random crying, no matter where I am or what’s happening, every day. And that’s ok too!
It doesn’t mean I’m emotionally dysregulated.
In fact? It means I’m emotionally REGULATING.⠀
I’m doing *the work*. I’m allowing myself to be human and to experience whatever comes through me. After all, emotion literally means Energy in Motion! It has to move.
Sometimes it’s a daily practice and sometimes it’s an avalanche but either way, it’s ok. It’s human. It’s healthy, and it’s never finished. Releasing emotion is a lifetime commitment, feeling our feelings is our sovereign right, and not clinging on, suppressing them, fixating or avoiding them is the way to keep our brain happy.
The next Round of Brains = Behaviours will start in September, feel free to register your interest here https://www.allisondavies.com.au/behaviours/
Check out some previous strategies here on my Allison Davies YouTube Channel at the Brain Care Cafe playlist. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhIdYOwcEkLmNiXJE55EIu_23QihfbkYd