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We’ve all felt the energy in a room change when a person enters charged with a specific emotional frequency, and how those frequencies emanate out looking for resonance and amplification. We have all felt the pressing weight of someone else’s depression, the agitation of someone else’s fear, and the invigorating hum of another’s joy.

On a very physical level, we can measure the impact of various emotions by studying the chemical and physiological changes they elicit in the body. Anger and fear, for example, cause the body to release stress hormones, moving us into the fight or flight response. Feelings of joy, on the other hand, trigger the release of dopamine and serotonin, two neurotransmitters associated with physiological health and wellbeing.

It sounds cliché, but the most expedient way to move toward a healthy emotional body is to practice. Just like going to the gym will help you build your physical strength, practicing joy, compassion and gratitude will build emotional and spiritual resilience. And the more you are able to amplify the frequencies of joy, compassion and gratitude, the more you will amplify and attract similar resonant frequencies.

1. Journaling: make it a daily practice to write down at least one thing that you are grateful for that day. It can be something small, like hearing someone laugh or eating a delicious meal. Once you put your mind to it, you will start seeing things to be grateful for everywhere.

2. Take a few minutes each day to practice compassion, especially with yourself. For many of us, feeling that we have to be perfect is a huge burden. Practicing compassion means celebrating your strengths and loving your weaknesses, because out of weakness comes strength. Find the lessons in mistakes, and work towards feeling grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow.

3. Remember a time when you felt complete joy. Imagine yourself dropping down into your body in that moment, and experiencing all of the physical and emotional sensations that you felt then. What does joy look like, sound like, feel like, smell like, taste like? The more you immerse yourself in the feelings of joy, the easier it will be to find joy when you need it.

If you have any recommendations or daily practices for nourishing the emotional body, I would love to hear them! Hit reply to share your experiences!

Photograph courtesy of Jocelyn Lee

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