Unexpressed emotions can affect our body, even specific organs. Did you know that anger affects the liver, worry affects your stomach, fear impacts your kidneys, and grief weakens your lungs?
Sometimes I wonder if my mother, who died 4 years ago this month, had unexpressed grief. She died from complications from a lung condition. It was always a mystery how she developed this condition, which is rarely found in caucasians. But knowing what I do about her home life when she was growing up and how she dealt (or possibly didn’t deal with) the early death of her own mother, I wonder if she had unexpressed grief bottled up inside of herself. I wonder if this is why she developed the unexplained lung condition.
Recently I decided to take a step toward releasing any unexpressed or stuck emotions that I may have. I’ve been struggling lately with my prayer life, so I decided to begin focusing on pouring out my heart to God whenever I pray. Psalm 62:7 & 8 says, “On God my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” I wonder if one reason that God invites us to pour out our hearts to Him is because He knows that He designed us in such a way that unexpressed emotions and pent-up feelings cause our bodies harm.
What about you? Do you have any unexplained ailments that you suspect could be tied to pent-up emotions? Are you open to beginning to release them?
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