There are a lot of reasons why we block our emotions, namely trauma. However, unpleasant emotions are in general not fun to work through. When we suppress emotions it creates a blockage in our energy.
Tuning in to Blocked Emotions
In The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh, he talks about how we should talk to our suffering. We should embrace our unpleasant emotions, treating them with kindness and compassion.
When you feel resistance in your body, talk to your body. Let your body know that it is safe for you to feel the emotion.
Connecting with Emotions through Meditation
Being with Emotions through Mindfulness
Mindfulness helps you tune into whatever emotion or physical sensation you are experiencing. Bringing your full awareness to that emotion will allow you to sit with it and release it.
Energy Healing Therapies
Sometimes we don’t need to know what an emotion is and how it got there. All we may need is to recognize that it is there, acknowledge it, and that it needs to be released.
I recently started doing breathwork with Amy Kuretsky which I have found to be powerful. Reiki also helps release stuck emotions. EFT (emotional freedom technique) is a tapping therapy where you tap on acupressure therapy points to release energy and restore balance.