The Ocean of Emotion

“The voice of the sea is seductive, never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander in abysses of solitude. … naked in the open air, at the mercy of the sun, the breeze that beat upon her, and the waves that invited her.”  -Kate Chopin, The Awakening


Why wrestle with our emotions when they are unstoppable at times? While researching this topic, I concluded that whatever it is that we feel, we must be prepared to express ourselves fully.  We must never question our present emotion.  We must face them willingly, for this is the divine truth, and safety, of our future as women

So how do we prepare for the next wave of consciousness?  

Although similar senses are provoked, we are all affected differently by life’s chapters and quarrels, and our emotional reactions are quite diverse. When life presents a questionable situation, we are presented with two choices:  You can either jump over the wave, avoiding the tumult and possibly a little excitement;  or choose to dive in head first, equipped with a trusting heart and an open mind (and hopefully the ability to swim).

Remember, for a moment, when salt water first touched your skin…  You were never told to fight the current, but rather, to remain relaxed.  Panic sets in when we no longer feel in control.  Isn’t it easier to float with the rhythm of the waves than fight in an ocean of fear?  Dr. Emily Reynolds, a holistic psychotherapist from Newport, Rhode Island says, “Often times, our emotions come from uncovered core feelings. Sadness can also stem from unresolved anger and shame felt deep within the unconscious body. So we must free ourselves in order to deeply feel, both somatically and mentally, the impact of our emotions”.

We must remember it is okay to feel the rush of sadness, just as we feel the cold wave as we dive in. It is okay to feel the depth of anger, just as we feel our feet leave the sandy bottom when we swim away from the shore.  And it is more than okay to run into the beauty of happiness, just as we do we run into the ocean, letting all our worries drift away.

Regardless of what comes next, you always have the choice to close your eyes, breathe, and bathe in emotion.  It is our challenge and our privilege to feel them. Whatever you feel, keep calm and swim on.

by Sarah Shoen


I see emotion as opportunity.  Do you?