The Healthiest You Series. Emotions serve the purpose of helping us guide our life and choices This article overview the emotional body basics.
Just as our physical body manages the aspects of the physical body, the emotional body manages the functions of our emotions. Emotions serve as a way to guide us to know how we are feeling.
Emotions vs. feelings
Keep in mind that emotions and feelings are different. Emotions are temporal expressions of a certain type of energy. Feelings are in the inner world and are related to our core self. Thus, one can experience anger (emotion) at being fired because in my inner world I feel hurt. The joy (emotion) I experience with my dog is because I feel deep love for her. Emotions are here to guide us to better understanding our inner world. Emotions are meant to be a tool.
Learning to understand the manner of emotions can help us access and create more of what we want in our inner world, which helps us do the same in our outer world. They can help us heal and develop our intuition and inner knowing.
Emotional Body Basics
The Emotional body even has a digestive system, similar to the physical body. This is where items are ‘digested’, and broken down and decided what to keep (nourishment) and what to discard (waste). So, when we are not consciously aware of this, it can seem like emotions are something that happen to us and even get in situations where we feel we are on a roller coaster ride or overwhelmed with emotion.
This can happen when we are not getting ‘the message’ the emotions are trying to give us or when we are not using emotions wisely. We do not have to be attached to emotions, over whelmed by them or hurt by them. Fully grasping this distinction can be a huge step in emotional health.
Once we start to pay attention to our emotions and see how they are related to our inner self and inner feelings, we can work with them better, and make choices that more align us with our highest self and even help the emotional body discard that which is not needed.
This can be done for small, every day decisions to larger, life direction changing decisions. When we have the skill and ability to know what we are feeling and why, we can be clear in our intention, communication and be better balanced emotionally.
Emotional Body Basics Exercise
The purpose of this exercise is to get to know your baseline and to get familiar with your inner self.
Start by taking 5-10 minutes to overview your day and the various emotions experienced.
Sometimes, it might be surprising to see a reaction to something that you did not fully understand.
It could be a simple as being irritated at a salesperson or experiencing a sudden sense of sadness you felt during the day.
If you look closely, you will find a connection to something. It could be that something in the salesperson reminded you of someone who hurt in the past or a picture of a couple in an ad which reminded you of a certain time and feeling.
Tracing. Next time you have a strong emotional reaction to something, take the time to look deeper. Ask yourself what you are feeling or what else this reminds you of. Delve deeper with it. Give yourself permission to explore. Trace the emotion.
Be objective. Just observe and look. Try not to attach any judgment, blame or wrongness about it. Truly just try to see the emotion as a messenger.
Once you are able to identify it, it is easier to understand and deal with it. From here you can start to process it or make the decision to keep or discard it.
The first exercise here is just to slow down and notice. Spend some time in reflection about the various emotions you experience and how they are related to your inner feeling and inner self.
In kindred spirit,
L Leigh Love
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L. Leigh Love is a Certified Intuitive Counselor and Certified Life Coach. She is a Mind-Body Medicine practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, Advanced Pranic Healer and holds a non-denominational ordination. She completed the Mind-Body Medicine professional training program through The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School. As well, she draws on 20 years of training in Psychology, Spiritual Studies and the Intuitive and Healing Arts. She has a passion for helping clients heal and live their best lives. She is a nature photographer, artist and author. Other areas of specialty are guided imagery and meditation, land blessings and honoring services.
She helps clients nationally and internationally, remotely and in person.
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