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Emotional Baggage

By Bonnie Moss 2005-04 (c)

We all have them. It has many faces.We carry them around us, We store them in the remotest part of our brain, in the deepest chambers of our hearts.We have them in our extensive database of memories. Some are so close to the heart, it brings out tears at the slightest provocation. Others may feel anger, very deep resentments and may exhibit anti-social or antagonistic behaviours .

Shadows follow and haunt many, in their dreams or waking hours, in unlikely places, unexpected and intimidating Uncontrollable anger that can lead to violence can explode without warning. Others will live in denial and spend their lives disconnected with the real world. Some will find blame in everyone except themselves; it's always the other person's fault. What about victims and the victimizers?

Many are lost searching for something, they can not identify. Something is missing. A mass of lonely faces line the crowded streets, sit in public places, in schools, agonize through their day in the workplace,gather at churches perhaps to seek solace.

Everyday,we see a vast sea of sad , depressed and unfriendly faces.Our roads are open avenues to lash out their frustrations,thus uncontollable road rage. Scary. Excess emotional baggage demands a high price. There are those who succumb to the weight of this burden, it gets too much to bear. They find no further reason to keep up the fight.

Life loses its lustre, they find the world cruel, their existence meaningless.To them, the fight is over, if there ever was one. There are many who go through life like driftwood, let the current take them wherever, it does not matter anymore. Is our world this cruel?

What causes these emotional suffering?

Broken dreams, broken relationships, failed careers, lost hopes, betrayals, violations, childhood trauma, or other forms of trauma and health issues.Social disgrace, financial disasters, poverty and addictions cast deep emotional scars to the most vulnerable members of the family and society.

Is our fast-paced society to blame? What about the pursuit of material success, endless toys, gadgets and exponential advances in technology. Fragile relationships, weakening family ties, unreasonable expectations of self and of others add to the already overstuffed emotional baggage. Some carry them for a long, long time.

All is not lost, if we take a moment to listen to our deeper needs, beyond the physical. There is a flood of information, organizations, professionals and other resources most communities offer. There are numerous websites that offer a variety of information,there are groups and forums on the web who readily provide a support system.

Deep emotional suffering is a critical issue that can no longer be ignored, by society and by those who suffer.There is more to life. Wisdom of the ages from different cultures, and beliefs are revived or revised to suit the present psyche of society.It offers a holistic approach, involving the whole person's mind, body and spirit.

The wonders of medical and scientific research are vast,although pill-popping is not the best answer.Take stock of the weight of your emotional baggage.

Healing is open to those who embrace it.

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