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Emotions & Psychological Health

By Dr Elinor van Ommen.

“Am I too sensitive?” , “why can’t I move on from this?”… these are common questions I hear, and I often meet people who are in distress that relates to difficulty processing emotion.

What do I mean by “processing emotion”? Emotions are normal feelings that come and go in a relatively short amount of time. Or to be more precise, when we are in a state of more optimal functioning, our emotions are fluid: - they come and go but no one particular emotion will dominate our landscape in an unhelpful way. Normal exceptions might be during a time of grief where we feel the “typical” grief feelings in a process will tend to linger for months (a slower state of flow) depending on the severity of the loss. In general, when emotions get stuck for longer than is helpful, or are denied and repressed, we tend to find that physical or psychological problems will manifest. When we can’t let go of worry, and we amplify our concerns, we find ourselves in a state of anxiety and frequent prolonged states of anxiety create certain wear and tear in the physical body. Another example might be when we have experienced sadness and judged it as ‘wrong’ or ‘weak’ we can build a defensive wall of anger around the sadness, and find ourselves short-tempered and lashing out at people we care about. Or we can become totally identified with sadness and loss and descend into a state of hopelessness and depression that blocks our ability to connect with life.

Healthy emotional functioning is when we can feel whatever we feel without judging it. There so many social “rules” that get in the way of this normal flow of emotion and we can absorb these attitudes without even knowing it, common ones are :- “boys don’t cry” or “good girls shouldn’t feel irritated/angry”… and many more. Dropping all the “shoulds” can really boost emotional wellbeing. I’m not saying we drop all moral codes, but the rules about how to feel are not helpful. Sometimes we judge an emotion as so very justifiable that we refuse to let it go. This might be when we have been ‘wronged’ in some way and decide that hanging on to the anger will somehow keep us safe from future emotional pain (really, hanging on to anger usually winds up creating more pain). Hanging on to any wisdom attained from the experience can be good, but not the anger. It may take a different focus, but we can simply feel what we feel, without judging it and then move forward.


A combination of factors are at play in emotional distress. Firstly, there is usually some kind of trigger – an external event or an internal thought process, that sparks an emotional response. The things that stop this emotion from flowing freely are usually related to our mental chatter – the thoughts we have that place meaning on things that either amplify the ‘problem’ or diminish our view of our own ability to handle the situation. Or more typically a combination of both. So we simultaneously inflate our perception of the problem and deflate any appreciation of our own abilities to cope.

Learning to process emotions is greatly supported by living life from a state of basic self-acceptance. Starting with the premise that a human life is worthwhile, and that MY human life is worthwhile. A simple affirmation like “I’m a decent person and I’m having a go at life” can really help (any affirmation is more useful when it’s in your own words). This aligns us to a positive view of self. From here, with feet planted firmly on the ground (connected to the present moment) and a sense of myself as a more enduring presence than simply being defined by the most recent thought, or emotion that I just had, then much more is possible. These things are fundamental starting premise for psychological balance. I AM the context in which my thoughts and emotions happen. I am NOT defined by them. I am accepting of myself and I choose to maintain a sense of self-acceptance, self-worth, and self-love.

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Chinese Wisdom for the Seasons

By Marianne Kornaat.

We probably all have heard that we should try to eat locally and that it is better to eat foods that are in season.  I would like to share a little part of Chinese wisdom that can hopefully help you understand why it is so important to align with the seasons.

The Chinese talk about the five elements and the five seasons, every season is linked to a specific organ and a specific flavour.  The sour flavour is linked to the liver and linked to spring, the bitter flavour is linked to the heart and summer, the pungent taste is linked to the lungs and autumn, and the salty taste is linked to our kidneys and to winter.  The fifth season is the season in between seasons and is linked to earth and our digestive system.  Each flavour specifically supports an organ, so if your liver needs attention it is best addressed in the spring and if your heart is frail or you suffer from depression or nervousness, summer is the time to help care for your heart.  Since we are in summer we will focus on that.

Homeopathic First Aid

by Antoinette Bozanic.

When I started to study naturopathy I had no idea about homeopathy, I had heard of it but really never knew much about it at all.  During my course we were able to choose an elective subject and were provided with homeopathy and massage therapy, my option was to do massage therapy but unfortunately it was based on what everyone else in my class chose as well and the majority had opted for homeopathy.  Initially the lack of knowledge for this modality didn’t really inspire me much but the lecturer I had was a UK trained homeopath and it was into the semester of classes when she started speaking about planetary remedies that suddenly my attention was caught.  Having recently started my own spiritual journey and becoming aware that we were multidimensional beings and everything was energy, hearing suddenly that there were remedies called Sun, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto really sparked an interest and after that I couldn’t get enough of homeopathy, so much so that I completed naturopathy and enrolled into a homeopathy course.

Love Meditation

by Jen Taylor.

The thing I enjoy most about meditation isn’t just the practice of creating more stilling of the mind but also the awareness of bringing mindfulness into everyday activities.  In fact my experience of having to sit for some time has been somewhat challenging, many I have spoken with also share this inner conflict.  With a preference for the body and mind to be more active, I have at times felt challenged by the idea of trying to still the mind.  From patience and consistency though, I have found that the benefits are profound and now too have proven scientific results.

Delay Dementia

by Victoria Thomas.

Currently there are a lot of stories and information in the media about dementia. We would like to offer you some clarification.

Welcome to the World of [...]

by Debbie Bates.

My first experience of this profound complementary therapy was in 1999, I was pleasantly surprised as I felt a deep sense of relaxation moving through my body and afterwards, a state of calm as I moved back out into the world.  I was fascinated that points on the feet were connected to different parts of my body and through the session, felt stress falling away from my neck and shoulders.  It was after this session that I decided to undertake a practitioner’s course and while studying, my family and friends benefited as I practiced on them and that helped lessen their stress also - a win/win.

Every Body Loves Bowen

by Jen Taylor.

I meet many clients who come in to find some relief from the pain patterns & injuries which may be interrupting their daily routine.  It is common in our western culture to be used to needing a quick fix to be able to carry on with life.  It seems as a society we are not so keen at accepting the pain and addressing any feelings that may be underneath the pain.  There is such a drive to ignore pain or to reach for some kind of pain relief to be able to carry on with the daily routine.  Certainly, sometimes this is a necessary choice however, pain can be a wonderful signal in the body to help us to look at and address perhaps a wider set of problems.  The body is sending a message to look a bit closer and pay attention, if one chooses. 

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