We had a full moon in Virgo this past Sunday, and I don’t know about you, but I was definitely feeling it. This particular full moon was in the earth sign of Virgo, and is all about self-healing.
During the full moon it is always a good time to release what no longer serves us, and this full moon was no different, except it appeared to be happening automatically this time, even without me focusing my intention on it. 🙂 So if you were feeling a little more emotional than usual this weekend, know that you were not alone.
What’s important to remember when our emotions get the best of us, is to trust and not fight what we are feeling. Allow whatever is coming up to just be and sit with it. Forcing ourselves to feel good when we don’t, doesn’t serve us or anyone else. And this doesn’t just apply to emotions around the full moon, but for any time we feel emotional for any reasons, including (and perhaps especially) grief.
This doesn’t mean we should just rage and take our emotions out on other people, though. But I believe it is possible to feel emotional, and just allowing it to be, without it having to affect other people (as long as those people around you can be understanding of that and give you the space you need). And when we allow ourselves to feel fully, letting all the emotions come up, that is when we can release them. The emotional pain will just go away on their own, when the process is complete.
This process works well for whenever emotions come over us seemingly out of nowhere, but sometimes there are emotions that are stuck deep, and may need a little extra work and attention to be released. Below are some suggestions on how to do that.
A regular meditation practice is one of the best ways I know to connect with our inner guidance, help restore harmony and equilibrium in our body and mind, and get in touch with our emotions and unresolved feelings. When we meditate regularly we are able to connect with the still point inside of us, a neutral place of calm where we are able to observe our lives without getting wrapped up in the emotional aspects of it all. Connecting with this still point will help you to release the emotions you want to release, allowing them to flow through you without letting them overwhelm you.
Breathing exercises are a very powerful, yet simple way to bring up and release emotions. Whenever you feel tension anywhere in your body (it can be in your neck and shoulder area, which is a very common place for unresolved emotions to be stored, or other areas such as the chest or solar plexus), breathe into that tension with a long deep inhale, and release it on your exhale. As you keep breathing into the tension, begin to ask yourself what may be causing the tension, and see what comes up. Don’t judge what comes to you, just allow it to flow up and out through your breath. If tears come up, allow them to flow too, as tears are a natural way for our body to cleanse and release emotional pain.
A third way to release emotions, is through some kind of movement. This could be from regular exercise such as strength training or running, dance, yoga, or any other way you can think of to move your body. Emotions are energy, and when we move our body, it creates energy, that helps to move and dislodge emotions that may be stuck in our body and mind. In order to keep mental and emotionally healthy, it is a good idea to get some kind of regular movement into your routine. The mind and the body are intimately connected, and what affects one, affects the other. So moving our bodies helps to move and release emotions as well.
4. Self-Care & Healing
Whenever you are doing any kind of emotional release work, it is important to be gentle with yourself, and not overdo it. Only do what you feel you can handle at any given time, and take good care of yourself. Pay attention to your needs, and make sure you give yourself whatever you feel can help you in your healing process. This can be anything from support and a healing conversation with a friend, a hot bath in epsom salts, a massage, or anything else that feels soothing and relaxing to you. You can also aid your healing with crystals and essential oils and listen to soothing music.
When you are working through emotional release and grief, it may be helpful to journal about your experiences and what comes up for you, to help give you perspective and process your emotions even deeper. Journaling is a great way to pay even closer attention to your thoughts and feelings, and even help bring them to the surface in the first place, so that you can then use any of the previous methods to let them go.
I hope these suggestions are helpful in giving you some ways to release stagnant energies and emotions from this full moon and beyond. Give them a try, and let me know how it goes by posting in the comments. And if you have any questions about any of it, feel free to post them as well.
Take care for now, and until next time…
Love & light,