The Gift of Emotions

By Shannon Parsons

Emotions are simply, energy in motion. They are meant to move through our bodies and be released. Unfortunately for most of us growing up, we were taught to swallow our emotions, hide them, stuff them, and conceal them. We were taught to just put on a smile, just let it go, and get over it. After all, it’s not a big deal. But emotions are a big deal! They are our connection to our minds and bodies, always giving us a depth to our human experience.

Not being able to express our emotions is wreaking havoc on our bodies and our society and it’s time to let them out! Can you imagine how different your life might be if you were allowed to give voice to your emotions, without being perceived as weak or crazy? One of the biggest problems in our society is that when someone around us finally does express an emotion, we don’t know how to handle it. We get uncomfortable and try to smooth things over for our hurting loved ones. But what we really need is to have a safe space to allow the feelings to flow through our bodies and be released. It’s no wonder that so many people are suffering from the intense feelings over stress and overwhelm. Some, are ticking time bombs headed straight for adrenal fatigue or system collapse.

The good news is that all of that can change now. Knowing that emotions need to be expressed and released can help us give ourselves permission to tune in and feel what is really going on inside us. It can also give us the opportunity to hold a safe space for our loved ones to move through their emotions.

The shifts that can take place in someone’s life after they have been heard and understood is miraculous and a beautiful thing to witness. My biggest hope for the future is for parents to teach each new generation how to move through their emotions. Imagine how grounded and centered they will be without all that emotional baggage that we are so accustomed to carrying around. And it’s so easy to get started! Just give yourself permission to feel what you’re feeling! When an emotion rises up within you, acknowledge it, name it, and feel it until it fades. Pay attention to where it is in your body, how big it is, the sensation it brings, and let it move through you.

One of the greatest gifts that comes out of expressing our emotions, is they tend to get better. That is, the more we express our negative emotions, we start to have them less often and for shorter periods. Who’s up for that? Being able to live from higher vibration emotions like joy, happiness, and vibrancy is our right! And it’s time to allow ourselves to live there! Let’s teach our children how to live there by leading by example. Peace is possible when we move through the shadows and back into the light.

Shannon Parsons

Shannon Parsons

Shannon Parsons is a guest contributor and Member of GirlSide Chats. She is an Emotional Wellness Expert at Learn more about Shannon at

One Comment

  • Right on, sister. I’m pretty averse to feeling and experiencing anger (and a lot of the “lower” emotions) and have been working for the last several years on inviting myself to feel them, invite the energy of them to fill me, and then not dramatize or get attached to dragging it out. It’s a constant practice, and one that I’m acutely attuned with how I’m raising my 14-month old daughter. Awesome insights, Shannon. Thank you.

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