Emotion could be described as a strong feeling deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others. Some spiritual texts describe emotion as “energy in motion”. Interesting right?! Very common emotions include frustration, anger, and fear. Let’s have a look at them.
Frustration is one type of emotion. It is an emotion that occurs in situations where a person is blocked from reaching a desired outcome. He/she might see him/herself as not enough or unworthy. It can even lead to depression if not managed appropriately. On the other hand, self-awareness could help us cope with frustration. Indeed, frustration “happens” when things don’t move the way we want. Maybe that means we must take a break and look at events from another perspective. Maybe frustration is the signal which keeps telling us that we aren’t aligned with ourselves. As a result, frustration could be a good starting point to slow down, make a personal assessment of where we are, and where we truly want to go. Since it’s a signal which could express our misalignment, it’s also a signal to go back to soul nourishing activities such as meditation, grounding, prayers, etc.
Another common emotion is anger. A strong feeling of dislike or being particularly upset because of a situation could lead to anger. When someone really upsets you, it’s easy to lose patience, shout, and repeat harmful insults against that person. Depending on who that person is, the consequences are diverse. It could be the loss of a valuable friendship, loss of a job, of your reputation and even the loss of your freedom in the case your anger has led to a crime. Anger is a very powerful emotion. Signs that you are getting angry could be an accelerated heartbeat, faster and shorter breaths, etc. If you experience these signs, take a long, slow breath in through your nose, first filling your lower lungs , then your upper lungs. Hold your breath to the count of three. And then exhale slowly through pursed lips, while you relax the muscles in your face, jaw, shoulders and stomach. Once in a relaxed state, a reflection is necessary. You could ask yourself these questions: “Why did I get angry? Did I overreact? Is there a peaceful way to handle this situation? Could someone help me with that?”.
Answering these questions will increase your consciousness level and your peace of mind. It is the foundation for a more mindful life.
From my standpoint, fear is definitely one of the most widely spread emotion. Fear could be defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm. It manifests itself in several forms. Human beings are afraid of a lot of things, especially on a subconscious level. We are afraid of being rejected. That’s why our world is full of inauthenticity. We pretend to be someone else to be appreciated by our peers. Many of us use social medias to showcase the “ideal” life we have. We lose ourselves in this process and the result is a meaningless existence. We fear failure, and the unknown. That’s why people don’t even try new things at the first place, but prefer to stay in a comfort zone. Surrendering to fear is becoming dis-empowered. However, when we have the courage to face our fears, the courage to overcome them, we unleash our true potential, and enter a world full of opportunities.
Feelings : Handle Them Before They Handle You | Mandy Saligari |TEDxGuildford