Emotions. As sentient beings, we are faced with a wide range of emotions constantly, and these emotions hugely influence how we carry and project ourselves each day. At times, our emotions drive us to be more courageous. Other times they drive us to the edge of our limits of sanity, and sometimes we just end up curled up in bed. By learning how to better channel our emotions, we can develop a sense of mastery which helps us live with a much greater sense of contentment.
Being pregnant this past six months has taught me a lot about dealing with unsettled emotions. Pregnancy is an emotional, hormonal ride with unexpected twists every day (all of which are very much worth it!) In pregnancy, we are also forced to confront our emotions head on, without some of the crutches we sometimes rely on such as alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and other chemicals. We have to find the energy or release within, and come back to a state of neutral without some of the vices we often cling to.
Another thing that I firmly believe is that all of the emotions we feel trickle into our unborn child and can enter their subconscious. It’s not just nutrients we pass along! This also makes it important to address emotions quickly when they come up and, particularly, not just suppress them.
All of this has led me to ponder what might happen for all of us if we constantly resolved to face emotions head on, as they come up? While pregnancy is not for everyone nor can half of our population physically experience it, there are lessons to be learned about working through emotions in the moment and swiftly. Once we get into the flowing river of consciousness, we then can bathe in our emotions and decide neutrally what the right direction is for us.
As Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” For this week, I challenge you to bring your awareness to and reflect on these questions:
- What would your life be like if you had to sit and process every emotion without hiding it?
- What coping mechanisms would you be required to develop?
- What new ways of communicating and interacting with others would you be more open to adopt?
Learning to channel emotions could be one of the most important and powerful lesson of life for happiness and staying flow. As we set off on this journey, the next few blog posts will explore specific emotions and tools for channeling them. Looking forward to next week, stay tuned for Jealousy.