The way I see it emotional shedding is the organic process through which our emotional body lets go of repressed emotions.
There are times when things are ok and we are able to slow down. And then all of a sudden, we seem to become very sensitive and emotional without any apparent reason. Then right after we’ve cried o have been kind to ourselves through our sadness we feel lighter than before. I call this emotional shedding- which means your emotional body finally has time to catch up with us. It’s like when we finally take that vacation we’ve been postponing for years and then we get sick as soon as we get there. It’s as if the stress that has been accumulating in our body is finally ready to come out and it’s showing up as sickness.
Emotionally we operate in similar ways. We walk around with a lot of unfelt grief or sadness. We may suffer a big loss and feel forced to tend to the repercussions of the loss: a funeral, medical bills, homelessness…we don’t have time to allow themselves to open up and let ourselves feel our pain. This goes for the smaller losses as well, especially for those of us who are addicted to “busy”. When we don’t make a habit of emotional house cleaning we accumulate this emotional dirt in the unswept corners of our hearts. And then when we slow down it’s like the automated self cleaning function of our heart turns on and we start feeling these older carried pains.
I’m going to give you another example: you’re being chased by the tiger in the forest so you run like hell, you scrape yourself on branches, you hurt yourself jumping over rocks and you finally get to your cave thinking you are all set. But as you get a chance to stop and rest you finally discover all your hurts and begin to feel the pain of the scrapes and bruises you accumulated in the process.