Not too long ago, I was on a “semi” holiday in New York City and I saw this picture:

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Triumph is one of those emotional qualities that I wish more people could feel.

We get access to this emotion when we can free up old, toxic emotions that no longer serve us: namely anger and sadness (but not necessarily in that order.) What I’ve come to realize (both personally and professionally) is that one begets the other.

You see, when there’s a ton of sadness that we might be drowning in, if it’s investigated real S L O W L Y, under that sadness is a ton of energy in the form of anger and aggression.

But then, when we have a lot of anger (or maybe even hostility) sitting inside of us, it’s (typically) because we haven’t been able to express our truth. To speak up. To show our life force: ourselves.

Under this stored energy is often where we find a lot of sadness. (And this makes sense: it’s saddening when we can’t be ourselves and express our true nature. Right?)

And then, what’s waiting when we can actually let these emotions out in a healthy safe way is … yep you guess it… TRIUMPH!

Why do I tell you this?

If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on social media, there’s a high probability that you’ve come across this “anger:sadness” phenomenon.

Or maybe, these cycles occurred so long ago (maybe even when you were a child or teenager) that you completely numbed out from these emotions.

The danger of this numbing out is that somewhere inside of your body (your cells or your mind) those emotions are crafting up an illness that you’re already aware of, or the signs and symptoms haven’t popped up. Yet. And, here’s a fact: eventually those signs and symptoms WILL pop up if you neglect them long enough.

The research is WAY TOO conclusive nowadays for me to keep this information from you. This story must be told. (I’ve listed below the types of illnesses that have been associated with emotional repression.)

What do I suggest?

If you need to begin disarming and dismantling some of those toxic emotions that aren’t doing you any favours, I highly recommend checking out The 21 Day Nervous System Tune-Up today.

I’m also hosting two free webinars on the topic of Emotional Intelligence 101. They will be held on November 3rd and 4th. Register your spot now: https://irenelyon.com/emotionswebinar.

Finally, here’s to Triumph!

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Here’s that list of illnesses that are connected to emotional repression:

(I know this might seem a bit morbid, but I just want to give you the truth AND I write this out with complete love!)

Type 2 diabetes
Crohn’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Cardiovascular disease (heart disease)
Morbid obesity
Osteoarthritis
Anxiety and depression
Fibromyalgia
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic pain syndrome
Addiction to drugs, alcohol, nicotine
Cushing’s syndrome
Anorexia nervosa
Osteoporosis
Ulcerative colitis
Susceptibility to forms of cancer (including breast and melanoma)

Reference: Scared Sick – The role of childhood trauma in adult disease. Karr-Morse/Wiley.

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