To discover the root cause of what we’re dealing with; to free ourselves from baggage requires honest introspection. Not knowing what the root causes are, steals our energy and growth from the many positive influences we will then fail to recognise.
As is life, the build-up of what we carry or deal with lies heavily sometimes. Over time the weight of our baggage, grudges, responsibilities, regrets not only begin to affect our emotional health, but our physical health too.
It is through those times that we will want to make different choices. But through our baggage we will struggle with guilt we carry, brought about through the many sacrifices we’ve had to make on the decisions other people have made for us, ignoring our own opinions, for those we felt obliged to follow, or simply because we were given no choice.
Sadly, emotional baggage will always present itself in physical ailments such as backache, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, headaches, feeling tired and rundown. I’m not sure how many of us make the connection between our baggage and physical health, but the connections are real. A headache may seem like a headache, but it’s an issue waiting to be resolved.
Finally, not learning to use introspection, or deal with and be honest with ourselves contributes to suppressed emotions and illness. We must learn to introspect.