Have you ever held your pee for so long that it hurts? And then went to the restroom, yet the release did not come easy? The muscles have been contracted for so long that they did not give way easily. When peeing finally took place, didn’t it feel good?
I occasionally reflect on mental, emotional, and spirit matters, even when I visit the restroom. Such was the occasion not so long ago. It occurred to me that much like the physical bladder, we have an emotional bladder. We allow some emotions to build up pressure as, for one reason or another, we do not feel comfortable releasing. The more the pressure builds, the less comfortable we are. And when it is time to release, it does not always come easy.
Emotions, so it seems to me, are a result of the mental body processing what happened to it during the day. There are emotions that are processed on the go, yet much is processed at a later time. Some of us can manage an immediate release, which may or may not be desired. After all, much like pee, do we really want to release whenever there is the slightest pressure, that is, regardless of the environment and the timing? Some of us tend to hold for way too long, to a point it affects are mental and emotional health. What is then the right timing? That is a very subjective decision. What is the right way? Here too, it is all too subjective. Some may go to therapy as a form of discharge, others may do art, gardening, or cooking. Some are being assisted by plant medicine. All are legitimate ways, depending on what works best for that individual.
As for me, I alternate between different methods. Some days, confiding with a close friend may be the best path. Other days, it may be art or writing, playing music, or allowing plant spirit to guide me. Regardless, I am becoming more attuned of the need to release before the pressure builds too high. What is not good for my physical bladder is not advisable for my mental and emotional organs as well.
Speaking of which, much like the energetic bladder, all our body’s physical organs have parallels in the energetic realm. We can feel the energetic heart contracting when we receive painful news, or expanding when it is joyful. Matters of the heart have manifestation in the physical organ, but what we really feel takes place at the energetic layer. Same with the stomach, the brain, and all the other body parts. I am training myself to be more aware to the nuances of these happenings so I may respond in a timely manner, rather than allow disease to manifest. I believe that all our physical challenges start on the spiritual level, affecting the mental and emotional, and ending up in the physical. If I can catch the start of a challenge at the root, I can address it by learning the lesson it is intended to teach me, and avoid the ramification of it trickling down to the other layers. Being observant is key. Thus, back to the restroom, when you have a chance to pee, go ahead and do it. Getting stuck in traffic with a full bladder is no fun…