Emotional Trauma:

When we say, "My back is killing me!", or "I get choked up..."
Does this have any relevance to how our body feels, whether ill, or healthy?

Emotions, and our words to ourselves and others:
They DO affect our physical health.

I compare the troubles which we have to undergo in the course of the year to a great bundle of sticks, far too large for us to lift. But God does not require us to carry the whole at once. He mercifully unties the bundle, and gives us first one stick, which we are to carry today, and then another, which we are to carry tomorrow, and so on. This we might easily manage, if we would only take the burden appointed for us each day; but we choose to increase our troubles by carrying yesterday's stick over again today, and adding tomorrow's burden to our load, before we are required to bear it.
By: John Newton
"Amazing Grace" is a Christian hymn published in 1779, with words also written by the English poet and Anglican clergyman John Newton (1725–1807).

Stress affects us all. It can immobilize us and cause us to fear, and experience other negative emotions. Problems are common to man. They are equal opportunity. We all experience them. It's our attitude towards what happens, and how we respond to problems and stress that can make or break our joy or bring dis-ease. God give us enough light to take the NEXT STEP…. God's Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path…. We used to measure our light in 'foot candle' power… Our lives need to be a faith walk…. We need to Trust God for every step we take, every breath we take, and just get in the habit of NOT looking at ALL OF THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS AT ONCE…. as it will totally overwhelm us, and bring us worry and stress that we have no control over to make any difference.

We need to just look at what God's put directly before us, and DO THE NEXT THING! That's all He requires… is to do just what He's put before US… Don't try and take on the entire world's problems…. We'll never solve them. We need only to be faithful to look to HIM, to faithfully tackle what duties God has given US to discharge. This will bring us peace, and a sense of accomplishment, which will in turn, give us Joy.

In the end, there is very little that God requires of us:

He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? ~ Micah 6:8

When we harbor negative emotions toward others or toward ourselves, or when we intentionally create pain for others, we poison our own physical and spiritual systems. Be far the strongest poison to the human spirit is the inability to forgive oneself or another person. It disables a person's emotional resources.

The challenge .. is to refine our capacity to love others as well as ourselves and to develop the power of forgiveness.

-- Caroline Myss, PH.D., Anatomy of the Spirit

 •  Can Toxic Emotions and Events be cleared?
 •  Are some of our Allergies actually Emotionally Based, and Can they Be Cleared, Positively Affecting Our Health?
 •  Do you find yourself wanting, desperately needing to break obsessive connections with painful events & people, yet not able to?
 •  Do you desire the freedom that breaking this link would offer?

Click here for information on a system one can use to clear Emotions and Emotional Allergies.

Anger & Forgiveness

 •  Prodigal Son in Key of F Interesting paraphrase of the biblical story!
 •  Love and a Batch of Brownies:  Background story of Ann Sullivan and Helen Keller
 •  Poem Nothing is as painful as unforgiveness to the soul.
 •  The Terrible Cost of Unforgiveness Another In-depth Perspective
 •  A Dream Is My Burden really that heavy?
 •  Receiving an Apology Does a Body Good!
 •  Interesting ideas  On Anger
 •  Responding to Anger a workbook

What actually happens when we have unresolved hurt, anger, and pain that we cannot communicate effectively about?

 •  Is it physically important to forgive?
 •  When we cannot, or will not, resolve issues, how does our body deal with that blocked emotional energy?
 •  Have you ever been hurt so deeply, that you don't know if you could ever forgive?
 •  There IS a high price to pay for harboring prolonged anger, hostility, and grudges.
 •  Have you ever been told "Forgive and forget"? Is this possible?
 •  Does God "forget" when He forgives our transgressions?
 •  What are the responsibilities if you choose to forgive?
 •  What are the consequences if you choose not to forgive?

Have you ever read about or met a person who had a sweet spirit, yet had endured all kinds of atrocities? What was the significant difference in the way they handled their devastations, in contrast to others?

Are there constructive and healthy ways to deal with realities of our hurts and angers, without sin? Is there really healthy anger? Is it alright to be angry? How long is long enough?

~ Communication Helps ~

 •  Attitude is Everything Really?
 •  Don't Discount the Thorns Neat story on Difficult Times
 •  Information, Please Small things that influence others...
 •  Emotional Spring Cleaning Everyone needs to do this!
 •  Thoughts on "Spirituality" by Valerie Bell, Author and Speaker
 •  Communication Guidelines Rules on How to Resolve Conflicts
 •  Problem Solving Checklist His concerns, Her concerns, Possible Solutions (PDF)
 •  The Importance of Fun Use Humor to add years to your life (PDF)