We are constantly feeling energy throughout the day. We feel temperatures, hunger, thirst, physical pain and textures. When we bring the energy our mind and heart into the equation, a feeling becomes an emotion. A feeling can occur without emotion but an emotion requires the body, mind and heart to work in concert with one another.
For example: We hear a bang in the middle of the night that makes the body jump. The mind kicks in and suggests a possible intruder is present. The mind then signals the heart to pump faster and the emotion of fear is put into motion.
Awareness of the body/mind/heart partnership is key to taking back our power in our day-to-day lives.
Bringing our focus back to the present with some slow deep breaths, imagining a more positive feel good outcome coupled with a more positive self message, help to combat the negative tyranny of the mind.
Continuing to focus on the negative thought only feeds it and adds power and longevity to the emotion. When accepted, viewed for what it is and not avoided or fueled, the wave of emotion usually lasts about 90 seconds.
Stuffing down emotions with food, alcohol, self-prescribed drugs and other addictive behaviours are only temporary fixes that backfire down the road in the form of a mental and/or physical illness.
In the previous blog, it discussed well-being at the physical level. Just as important is the well-being of the mental and emotional levels. They all work hand-in-hand and influence one another. What we read, the information we take in, the people we interact with, the old stories and beliefs that we hold onto, the environment we choose to immerse ourselves in etc., all have a positive or negative affect on us. Each day, we need to check in and ask ourselves: What emotion am I feeling? What can I do for my highest good and to raise my vibration? Recognize the emotion, accept it and sit with it. Listen to the emotion and disconnect from the mind chatter. A few slow deep breaths tends to calm the body and heart down so that the emotion is raw, vulnerable and exposed. Ride the wave of emotion and allow it to settle. Once settled, acknowledge it, learn from it, let go and move on. Not easy but with practice and the willingness to seek help if necessary, it becomes easier. The goal is to feel in a better way and not just to feel better. We need to learn to create space between our thoughts and emotions and to choose how to act and not simply react to a thought causing a negative emotion.
True loving energy comes from the heart and never from the head. Allow the mind to figure out logical problems but give the heart the authority to decipher the emotions. Mental, emotional and physical health are all interconnected. We cannot benefit one level without affecting the others. To complete the well-being equation, we have to next examine the spiritual level....