I’ve been working through some issues lately. Suffice to say they are the same most people my age are probably dealing with; finances, romances, lack of either or both. The details aren’t important the process is. I hate the anger, it fuels my thoughts. I have entire conversations in my head where I tell the world at large exactly what I think of it. It is useful to have these tirades, but not terribly productive. To quote Wikipedia:

Bloodletting (or blood-letting) is the withdrawal of blood from a patient to cure or prevent illness and disease. Bloodletting was based on an ancient system of medicine in which blood and other bodily fluid were regarded as “humors” that had to remain in proper balance to maintain health.

The withdrawal of anger will eventually allow me to remain in proper balance and maintain my emotional health. But the process is uncomfortable at best, painful to endure at worse, and not a lot of fun  for those who happen to be around for it. I hate negative people but I find myself seeking them out to fuel my anger which is really just a reflection of what I dislike most about myself at the moment.

Maybe the leaches just haven’t latched on hard enough yet or the cuts are too shallow? Perhaps I need to step up my emotional bloodletting to truly cleanse and balance my soul?


20 thoughts on “Bloodletting”

  1. Sometimes I feel so, so good about who I am, where I’m at in life, pleased with my successes and accomplishments. At other times, not so much. Currently I feel certain resentments and frustrations, the source of which I know I’ll feel differently about later in life when she’s gone but like you, I need to learn to ‘leach’ it out of my system. Thanks for the perspective, Martha.

    We’ll be fine. 🙂

  2. It’s the cold, the white shrouding everything …and lack of outdoors.
    Quite a zen-like image…except for that small pine tree fan dancing for attention.
    Maybe we should all just turn the music up really loud and dance…or make odd attempts at it?

  3. Sploriness rules at times. And when I kicked the piano in sheer frustration I forgot i had no shoes on – Green Day – American Idiot – is a good one to let off frustration. Nothing meant by the title, it just is good!!

  4. Have you ever tried meditation. I always thought that it “wasn’t me” until I tried it and it has really helped me in a whole bunch of ways. There is a site called Meditation Oasis that does guided meditation podcasts that are free, if you’re interested.

  5. I am so humbled by all the heart-felt responses I have received from this post. I never thought I was a “YOGAMEDITATION” kind of person but I do find reserves of strength from both. I am really feeling much better having poured this out and let it go in the ethernet.
    Thank you Allen. Happy Friday the 13th!

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