The Empowered Self Series: Part 6 – Emotions The Guidance System From Your Heart

Do your emotions at times take you on a roller-coaster ride? Let’s say you get up in the morning and right away notice that you woke up on the wrong side. Although the daily getting-the-kids-to-school-and-yourself-to-work routine has been going exceptionally smooth, everything and everybody irritate you. At lunch time you are overcome with bouts of stress and insecurity. You feel behind and are sure that it is just a matter of time until your boss will find out that you are a “fraud” and fire you. And on the way home, you are stuck in traffic – again. However, while most drivers around you look rather annoyed and miserable, you are enjoying a lively conversation with your kids and are grateful for this gifted time together. The rest of the evening you are in a splendid mood and whistle your favorite tune. “What a great day,” you think.

The power of emotions is undisputable. How we experience and deal with any moment of a day depends largely on how we feel about it. Unfortunately, the seeming randomness and intensity of our emotions can make us feel rather powerless and out of control. This is especially true for so-called “negative” emotions, such as anger, sadness, anxiety, guilt and shame. Therefore, the natural reaction to these uncomfortable feelings is to try to avoid, to ignore or to get rid of them quickly. We prefer to feel positive emotions, like happiness, excitement, confidence and contentment. But similar to their darker siblings, positive emotions can appear to us as irrational, random and out of control.

This may be the reason why our modern society has little room and patience for feelings. Reason and logic are far more accepted and valued than sensitivity and emotions. However, we need emotions for guidance and to bring meaning to our lives. They provide us with important information about our likes and dislikes, our strengths and weaknesses, and the value of our actions and choices. Every day, emotions have a significantly larger impact on the choices we make and how we experience our world than facts and reasoning.

In order to understand better how and why we create emotions, we need have a closer look at their source – the subconscious mind.  Learn more about how you can use your emotions as an inner guidance system, which can keep you on track and help you claim you power to be, express and love who you truly are.

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