Emotions can be tricky.
I have emotions, but I do not consider myself to be overly emotional. Because of my interest in psychology, I do practice mindfulness and introspection, though. I believe that it is very important for everyone to know oneself as deeply and intimately as they can. Many problems in life can arise because of our lack of self-awareness.
When we hear the word “emotions” we often think about someone laughing (happy), crying (sad), yelling (angry), screaming (scared), or making a weird face (disgusted*). While it is usually easy to identify those emotions in others, it is not equally as easy when it comes to our own emotions.
Sometimes we think we feel sad, but we are not really sure what is causing that feeling. Mindfulness teaches you to get to the bottom of things. To be aware of what you are feeling and why. When we know what we feel and why we feel it, it is much easier for us to control those emotions, and to even change them if they are not desirable.
Think back to when you felt “mixed emotions”. Which emotion were you REALLY feeling? Were you aware of that? What did you do about it?
I have encountered people who say they do not want to do a specific thing “just because”. They say they have a “bad feeling” about it. And to an extend, I agree with that. Intuition can be a very strong sense of direction for some people. However, I do not think it should be used as a default excuse.
Thinking about the future, I found myself not feeling excited. I was not jumping for joy, and it surprised me a little bit. It surprised me because I WAS excited. I WAS happy. If that was true, why was I not acting like it? Was I just lying to myself? Was I trying to create a positive illusion?
It did not sound like me. Faking emotions to other people is one thing, but faking emotions to yourself is just plain stupid (and can be very detrimental) in the long run.
So I dug deep and found something I have not thought of in quite some time.
It turns out, I WAS happy and excited, but the tiny bit of fear at the bottom of my soul was tainting it all. However, once I realized what it was, I acknowledged the fear factor (Anyone used to watch “Fear Factor”?), realized that it was just the rational and realistic part of me, and I went back to being excited.
Next time you stand at the brink of doing something new, but choose not to move forward, ask yourself: “Is fear holding me back?”. Make sure that you have strong arguments against doing it. Do not let fear overpower you. YOU are in control of your own emotions. You just need to train them to listen to you. However, you need to make sure that you hear them clearly, too.
*My task for you: describe someone feeling disgusted to a person who does not know what that means. Try to describe their facial and/or vocal expression. I really did not know how to do that.
If you feel like taking a silly emotions quiz, click here. They think I am feeling “sparkly”. Whatever emotion that is, but they were right saying I am not afraid to speak my mind and that nothing feels out of reach for me today.
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