Your emotions are your profound compass in life. And emotional triggers could well be hiding behind your IBS pain.
Through your emotions you know what is good for you, what goes towards what your heart desires – and what crosses over your boundaries and goes against your values and beliefs.
If you have tried everything to relieve your IBS pain but nothing is really working, read on!
What we do with emotions
People who are sensitive are very in tune with their emotions and feel them deeply. Sometimes so deeply it becomes uncomfortable. Others learn to disconnect from unwanted feelings and push them aside.
It is not the emotions themselves that cause us problems. It’s what we do with them.
In our Western culture we learn from an early age which emotions are allowed and accepted, and which are not. For example, expressing “positive” emotions like happiness, joy, appreciation are valued. Whereas showing anger is frowned upon.
We get the message that these “not so positive emotions” are not socially acceptable. However we are not taught what we should do with them.
So we stuff them down inside us and lock them away, hoping we will never have to deal with them or experience them ever again.
Instead of acknowledging their wisdom and letting them go.
And this makes them a wrong and unacceptable part of ourselves that we run from over and over again.
Have you ever had the experience where you keep encountering the same old problems time and time again? Or where your inner critic is sabotaging your progress? This could be why.
Dr Tal Schaller
On my journey to recovery, I came across Dr Tal Schaller, a vibrant Swiss holistic doctor. He had spent a great deal time researching how emotions can affect our well-being, and how stuffing down these feelings can cause disease.
In his excellent conference on managing emotions (in French), he pointed out how tribes he has visited have no stigma attached to emotions.
They express their feelings FULLY, both physically and vocally – and they are very healthy.
What happens to your emotions
Dr Tal Schaller points out that if we stuff down and disown any emotions, they stay lodged inside of us. Over time an accumulation of repressed feelings and associated negative energy can create physical problems.
For me this used to be a theory.
But to recover from IBS, I consciously went looking for those stuffed down emotions.
And I was nothing short of amazed at the result.
Over time I identified my IBS triggers, then the roots behind those triggers, then released the emotions and the associated negative energy. I was blown away by the result after 25 years of suffering with IBS:
No more IBS.
It took me over 3 years, and I enlisted some help seeing the emotions I just couldn’t see for myself. But I got there in the end.
And so can you. Even if you don’t think you can.
I found that IBS had been a warning signal all along, my body trying to get my attention.
What’s even more exciting is that some doctors and GI specialists are beginning to see the link.
This summer I had a call with a lady. Her GI specialist told her that her bloating was emotional!
The antedote to stuffing down and fearing emotions is this: Valuing your feelings and starting to pay attention to them. So you can notice the parts of your lives where you live in accordance to who you truly are – and the parts where you don’t.
With our demanding lives, we are so busy that we don’t pay enough attention to ourselves. Start paying more attention to your emotions and your IBS pain. This isn’t easy to do. But the payoff is huge.
If you learn to find and release emotional triggers, the irritation and imbalance in the physical body (aka your IBS symptoms) can start to subside and heal.
And if you are tired of trying to work this out on your own, why not hire an experienced guide.14