It's amazing how much "stuff" we carry along with us.
I'm talking about mental/emotional/physical/hidden stuff. Stuff relating to past and present experiences. The not so nice experiences are what needs to be identified and expelled or else all this unseen "weight" can show up as disease, weariness, lack of direction or zest for life.
Who needs this when I and most people I know are already too busy juggling everything else?
When I feel emotionally "heavy", it is sign that I've absorbed a bit too much. Instead of eating (substitute any other habit) to sooth myself, I frequently just take deep breaths, drink some water, lie down and work on identifying where the heaviness is.
Once it is located, I try to identify the quality of it and gently tell myself to let it go. Allow it to evaporate into space. People who have the ability to empathize deeply with others will know how easily it can be to absorb other peoples' energies while merely "just talking".
Our bodies can then respond by isolating such foreign energy into a "holding cell". I make it a point of actively searching for such foreign cells as they are not my "stuff" in order to let it go. This has become part of what I do to keep myself healthy.
As a health care practitioner, I can be around a number a people a day who are in pain. People who are in a stressful state commonly give off an aggressive energy (knowingly or unknowingly)as they are desperately seeking a solution.
Over the years I've had to learn how to protect myself from harbouring such energies so that I can continue to be effective in my role. Once I've done my best purging the more superficial layers, I then delve deeper into my own past. That's where the "fun" stuff lies.
I do this work because I believe (for better or for worse) that unless I do so, I cannot truly live a "free" and present life whereby I am my own master artist.