We are a sum of our experiences. If that is true, then every experience has an effect on us – physically and emotionally. When you’re going through a particularly trying time, people expect that it will have an adverse effect on you emotionally; but did you know that emotional scars can have a physical manifestation too?
Think of your body as a storage device – it remembers every experience. This is why you might flinch when you hear a song that you associate with a traumatic memory, even though your mind has blocked the experience. Most of the time, we aren’t even aware that the body is reacting to triggers. Trapped memory, over time, can affect the balance of the body. This is one of the primary reasons why our seven chakaras often seem out of balance.
In an ideal world, whenever we’re in a situation that causes trauma or anxiety, the body releases hormones that help deal with the situation. This powers the fight-or-flight mode. During both modes, the body works off the hormones, leaving no residual trace. But that’s not what happens. Our bodies are constantly bombarded with stress signals. And instead of working off the stress hormones, we calm them with more sedentary approaches. These stressful situations, as a result, leave physical markers behind.
You can work through memories that are stored in the mind. But how do you even access those that are stored in the body?
Over time, you will be able to work through all the unpleasant experiences. As you work through them, you will find yourself becoming lighter – like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders – and more flexible. When you remove stress on an object, it transitions to a relaxed state. It’s simple physics, really.