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Book Review: “The Language of Emotions”. By community member Joanna Barrett

Updated: May 5, 2019

Researcher, educator and empath Karla McLaren offers a unique approach in this book for how we can explore our emotions with beauty and depth. Through her presentation of her breakthrough teachings for a new and empowering relationship with your feeling states, the author suggests we take in the information our emotions are sharing with us so that we can understand out inner dialogue, become responsible for our emotions, and build healthy relationships.   Our emotions, she says, hold a tremendous amount of energy, especially the “dark and dishonored ones”. Karla suggests that when we relate to our emotions with respect and approach them with love, we can directly access our innermost wisdom and heal the deepest parts of our woundings. Karla encourages readers to meet their emotions and engage with them in a safe and healthy way.I enjoyed the guidance that the book provides, and the knowledge the author gives in each easy-to-read section.   Through experiential exercises with anger, fear, and shame to jealousy, grief, joy, and more, you will discover how to work with your own and others’ emotions, and gain understanding and connection with fluency and expertise. The Language of Emotions gives us a thorough resource for self-inquiry on how to overcome the three primary impediments that lead to emotional dis-ease: addictions, distractions, and unresolved trauma. We can use the energy of anger to protect and restore our personal boundaries, and become more empathetic through using five specific emotional skills. We can use joy and sadness to deepen our self-understanding. We also learn to use the mind, body, spirit, and emotions to cultivate wholeness.

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