Many people are afraid of flying, but that’s fortunately something I never had to deal with. Believe it or not, I learned to fly an airplane at the ripe old age of nineteen.
Flying amazed me because it defied logic. Even today, I still wrestle with the fact an 875,000-pound aircraft can float effortlessly thirty thousand feet above the ground.
During one of my training sessions I learned how to read an altimeter. An altimeter evaluates how much pressure is exerted in an environment, based on altitude.
For instance, as altitude increases, pressure automatically decreases. Astronauts float weightless in outer space because there is no atmospheric resistance.
The concept I want you to glean is that the higher you go, the less pressure you should feel from outside sources. This is vital information, reminding us everything is not designed to exist everywhere.
Allow me to further explain.
A few years ago, I attended a fabulous New Year’s Eve party. The decorations were over-the-top and there was enough food to feed a small army. My friends dressed in their party best were chattering with non-stop with excitement. The topic of conversation varied from fashion favorites and vacation spots to celebrity news and local charity events.
The fast-paced, ever-changing subject matter was enough to drive me to the desert table for a slice of cake and much needed conversational reprieve. It was there I met Lacy.
Quiet and reserved Lacy was new to our circle of friends. Eager to make her feel welcome I invited her to join me at a small table across the room.
After a few minutes of light conversation she opened up and began to share her gripping story of courage, grief, and rejection. Lacy was like a volcano, repressed and ready for an explosive meltdown.
After grasping the severity of her pain, I seriously questioned how much longer she could hold back the roaring inferno of rage. It was obvious she needed to do more than vent. She needed an emotional detoxification.
Two highly charged words: emotional, detoxification.
Although it may seem odd to pair the words together, they actually make a powerful team. The American Heritage Dictionary defines Emotion as ‘a state of mental agitation or disturbance.’ TheFreeDictionary.com describes Detoxification as a treatment designed to rid the body of poisonous substances.
If we combine the two definitions it reads, Emotional detoxification: The state of being extremely agitated, to the point of expelling unhealthy emotions from the mind, body and spirit.
Now, do you see why I think these two words make the perfect tonic?
Toxic feelings are poisonous. Over time excessive, unexpressed feelings of anger, worry, fear or un-forgiveness affect mental and physical wellness. Powerfully inner-woven it is impossible to separate your mind, body and emotions.
For instance, when you feel threatened or fearful, your blood pressure and temperature rise, your heartbeat accelerates and muscles tighten. Psychologists have proven it is impossible to feel strong emotion without affecting the body’s physiology. Why?
God linked our emotions to our physiology together to regulate our actions and reactions. When one area of our life is out of balance it affects other parts of our physiological make-up.
In Lacy’s case her repressed anger was creating physical infirmities and her relationships were showing signs of strain. She needed an emotional detoxification.
What about you? Have years of heartache and pain prepared you for an emotional meltdown? If so, strongly consider steps to ridding yourself of all emotional toxicity.
Discover more of Dr. Tracey Mitchell’s encouraging wisdom here in her article Conquering Your Fears
A national conference speaker, Tracey travels 40+ weeks a year, sharing Biblical principles and wisdom. Her real life experiences – though painful and challenging enable her to identify with the hurting, lonely, and rejected. Whether speaking corporate CEO’s or the homeless, Tracey’s passion for re-writing the lives of the brokenhearted makes her messages relevant and empowering. A frequent television guest and host of “Today With Tracey”, she is an advocate of those having experienced rejection, poverty or emotional abuse.
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