WHAT ARE EMOTIONS.
Emotions are ‘human beings’ warning systems as to what is really going on around them. Emotions are our most reliable indicators of how things are going on in our lives. Emotions help keep us on the right track by making sure that we are led by more than the mental/intellectual faculties of thought, perception, reason and memory.
WHY BOTHER WITH EMOTIONS
Emotions control your thinking, behaviour and actions. Emotions affect your physical bodies as much as your body affects your feelings and thinking. People who ignore, dismiss, repress or just ventilate their emotions, are setting themselves up for physical illness. Emotions that are not felt and released but buried within the body or in the aura can cause chemical reactions in your body that are very different from the chemicals released when you feel positive emotions such as happy, content, loved and accepted.
TWO BASIC EMOTIONS – LOVE AND FEAR
There are only two basic emotions that we all experience, love and fear. All other emotions are variations of these two emotions. Thoughts and behaviour come from either a place of love or a place of fear. Anxiety, anger, control, sadness, depression, inadequacy, confusion, hurt, lonely, guilt, shame are all fear-based emotions. Emotions such as joy, happiness, caring, trust, compassion, truth, contentment, satisfaction, these are love-based emotions.
ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR EMOTIONS
Taking care of ourselves is the greatest way we can love ourselves in a wholesome and healthy manner. This means accepting responsibility for our emotions. Emotions are not good or bad. They just are. People are afraid to really feel their feelings, afraid of losing control, afraid of the pain involved in feeling their emotions, of feeling the sense of loss or failure or whatever the emotion brings with it. Don’t be afraid of your emotions. Don’t fight them, run away from them, block them out. Welcome them, be with them regardless of what they are – remember emotions are just energy, E-motion = energy in motion. The energy (emotion) is being presented because it is trying to have a relationship with us. They are trying to help us. This does take courage because many of the emotions we avoid are painful.
So much of life is about what you feel rather than what you think. Being strongly connected to your emotional life is essential to living a life with high energy and a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction.
Accepting and being present with our emotions ultimately brings us to complete emotional health.