What bamboo can teach us about healing emotional pain

You’re hurt.

It’s not from a physical accident or injury. You didn’t get a paper cut at work.

It’s deep emotional pain. The kind where it’s hard to get up in the morning, talk to people at your job, or even look at yourself in the mirror.

Emotions may be trapped in your body, causing you to suffer.

For a long time the Chinese and Japanese have know to look to nature as a way to help us heal ourselves.

They even have a term for getting into nature to cleanse oneself of emotional pain and reconnect to the Earth – Shinrin Yoku or forest bathing.

In this post, I’m going to share with you 3 lessons for healing emotional pain in record time.

These lessons come from one of the most strongest plants in Japan – the bamboo.

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3 lessons from the bamboo

So, how can the bamboo help you to heal deep emotional pain?

There are certain lessons that the bamboo can teach us about life and about healing if we look closely enough.

Curious as to what they are?

I came across these lessons from Garr Reynolds Ted X talk entitled Lessons from the Bamboo.

I’ll share with you 3 lessons, and then will post the full talk below so you can watch it if you would like.

Remember, what looks weak is actually strong

Right now you are going through emotional pain. It feels like you are weak, small, and able to break very easily.

It feels like you cannot endure much more.

The bamboo plants endure cold winters and extremely hot summers. Some times the only trees left standing in the aftermath of a storm.

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Like the bamboo, stand tall, believe in your own strengths, and know that you are as strong as you need to be.

Remember too, that there is strength in the light, in openness and transparency. Find someone that you can talk to.

A friend. A trusted co-worker. A therapist.

It can feel so refreshing and comforting just to really be heard and listened to. Releasing those emotions from your heart can be so freeing.

Bend, but don’t break

One of the most impressive things about bamboo is how it sways with the breeze, ever so gently. This gentle swaying movement can be thought of as a symbol of humility.

emotional painThe foundation of the bamboo is very solid, yet it sways harmoniously with the wind, never fighting against it. With time, even the strongest wind tires itself out, but the bamboo remains – standing tall and still.

A bend-but-don’t-break or go-with-the-natural-flow attitude is one of the secrets for healing your emotional pain.

Go take a walk in nature, stretch, take deep full breaths. Notice nature around you (this will help you to start to feel connected to your environment).

As you do you are activating the highest part of your nervous system, the social nervous system to help you heal.

Unleash your power to spring back

In the winter the snow-covered bamboo represents the ability to spring back after experiencing adversity. The heavy snow bends the bamboo until one day the snow becomes too heavy and begins to fall. The bamboo snaps back up and becomes tall again, brushing aside all of the snow.

The bamboo endured the heavy burden of the snow, but in the end it had to power and strength to spring back as if to say “I will not be defeated.”

Bonus! The Emotion Code

When we are dealing with emotional pain, often times there will be trapped emotions in our body from our past that are either causing or contributing to that pain.

The Emotion Code is a very gentle and quick way to release that emotional pain without you having to bring up uncomfortable memories or feelings from your past. Once the trapped emotions are released, they are gone for good!

If you’re ready to quickly release your emotional pain I invite you to schedule an introductory 30 minute session with me today.

So, what do you think?

Do you agree with the lessons of the bamboo? I would love to hear your comments.stories, and ideas below!


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