Getting to know what our emotions mean is the kindest thing we will ever do for ourselves. It is also the difference between staying well and getting ill.
Although emotions can add energy and a variety of feelings to how we go about our lives, our emotions can also leave us flat, when they become confusing and we struggle to understand what they mean. Where emotions support us, they can also turn on us, particularly when it comes to unpredictable feelings, dragging us down into the depths of despair.
Unfortunately, we’re either in control of our emotions or we’re controlled by them. There is no half measure. They can either help us attain great wisdom, or they can leave us bewildered, when we fail to understand. But our emotions also have the capacity to allow us to heal and that’s vital to life. When we learn about emotions and what they mean, we stay well.
We must discover how we got to where we are at our very core, and how we can begin to build our lives so that we perceive our issues and world differently. Emotions can make us feel sad, they can make us feel happy, they can also make us feel anxious, or can leave us stressed. Emotions are tied to our experiences, including the good and bad, the present and the past.
With all emotions, it’s important we learn to identify the message behind them. If we’re anxious, we need to ask why or what we’re afraid of. If we’re angry, we need to look at why we’re angry, come to understand our feelings behind the anger, anything that will help us understand what our emotions mean.
The problem is we bury a lot of what we feel, either because we can’t face up to dealing with those feelings, we don’t like confrontation, or we’re in denial those feelings even exist. My understanding is that we can’t deal with the things we don’t understand, therefore the key to unlocking our emotions is always to understand.