One of the most important things you can do to live a meaningful and rewarding life filled with vitality is reclaim your emotions. Eric offers a tip to reclaim your emotions, rescuing you from the numb and deadening state of “fine." One of the most important things you can do to live a meaningful and rewarding life filled with vitality is reclaim your emotions. When you reclaim your emotions, you rescue yourself from the numb and deadening state of “fine” and from the dependence on alcohol, drugs, food, shopping, and countless other addictions to feel more alive. Expressing your emotions in nature is one to reclaim your emotions. If you live in a culture that does not embrace emotions, it is difficult to reclaim them. If you open up to someone who is cut off from or not comfortable with emotions, you are likely to receive judgment, analysis, efforts to cheer you up, or advice, instead of support to simply be with your emotions, feel them, reclaim them as part of your wholeness, and uncover the needs to which they point. Lately, I have been working with reclaiming anger and rage. These are difficult emotions for me to reclaim as I have many implicit memories that associate anger and rage with danger and loss of safety and love. On top of that, though I have several empathy buddies I trust who could support me in my anger and rage, it is not always easy to create the appropriate space to explore those emotions. So sometimes I take them to the trees. I find that the forest is a wonderful ally for anger and rage. In fact, I have yet to find an emotion that the forest was not able to hold. It is very powerful for me to be physical and loud with my rage, so I find a place in a forest all to myself. Then, I find a very sturdy tree and push against it as hard as I want to while I say or yell all of the words and sounds I need to express. It is as if my inner child is finally free from holding in so much emotional energy, while still feeling supported and connected to life. Often, this leads into a grieving process, especially when I connect to my needs, and I then hug the tree as I weep away. I believe this process helps me implicitly learn and trust that there is a container big enough for all my emotions and needs. Sometimes, it is over very quickly; sometimes there are several rounds of pushing with rage or anger and hugging and crying. I always feel energized and grateful afterwards. Often, a new inspiration or creative idea follows me out of the forest. This is not the only way to reclaim emotions; it is just one way that I find effective. If you feel inspired to try it, I recommend taking it in steps that feel right for you. Perhaps you just want to push without any sound or words. Maybe you want to start with pushing with irritation or frustration or some other less intense emotion. Or, you might want to try saying some things you never got to say but always wanted to. Maybe this is not at all the right way for you, and what feels good to you is to have a skilled therapist support you. Regardless of how you go about reclaiming emotions, it is extremely important to do so in a way that feels right and safe for you and for everyone.