The Mighty Metaphor: Realign Your Brain and Change Follows
When one of my coaching teachers, Ann Betz, revealed the neuro-scientific power of the metaphor to my pod of coaches in training, I felt a surge of….
So this is why we love poetry, this is why we love music, this is why ART EXISTS! … A brain synthesizing that feels like some sort of orgasmic relief of 1,000 stuck expressions!
Not that we need the scientific backing to intuit the value of something, but understanding the how and why is like a snowball effect. Momentum-building!
So, here’s the how and why using metaphor can relieve you when you’re overwhelmed with lots of emotion and can’t quite seem to move into them or through them.
So–when my clients are in times of deep emotionality, I like to give them the invitation to check in via metaphor with themselves once a day for a week…
The prompt goes like this:
Part 1: What’s a metaphor for each of the following in this moment? Your mind? Your heart? Your body? Your spirit?
Part 2: And, what’s a metaphor for how you’d like to feel in your entirety?
Do this once a day and there’s no way you’ll be able to stay detached from your emotions. Stuckness gets released. Movement inevitably happens.
Think you suck at metaphor? Worry not–it’s just a practice. They don’t have to be good or noble or wise. Just give yourself the opportunity for this synthesizing exercise to realign your state of being.
It’s also a fun party game/first date game, if you want to go deep, fast.
A yogic strip-tease for the soul, if you will.
Go wild, loves. Use the wonderful tool of metaphor.
Rachael is a coach that is wild for truth that frees, whole-self-expression, palatable connection, beauty that quivers, and ancient, earthly wisdom. Get weekly encouragement at her blog, Rach Mad Love, drop her a line at email@example.com, follow Rachael Maddox on Facebook or Twitter @rachaelmaddox.