Getting Your Emotional System in Top Shape
One of the miracles of being human is that we come with brilliantly engineered digestive, respiratory, skeletal and muscular systems that enable us to live. We also have an emotional system, which, like all the others, is tied to our wellbeing. Miraculously, the emotional system reads and reacts to signals coming from within us and those occurring between us and another person. Processing feelings allows us to analyze, judge, weigh, assess, calibrate, implement and express what we want. Enables us to feel love and to experience blissful joy. But some of these feelings are yucky. We name them “bad” or “negative” although, in reality, they are neither. Attempts to hide, deny, repress, numb, dilute, dismiss or out-right avoid them is like shooting the messenger and a formula for disaster. Bottling up emotions, or masking the pain, we miss out on information that is vital to our wellbeing. Living with a disembodied emotional system makes everything harder.