Learning to understand and be aware of the impact of our emotional states is essential to the health and well being of our mind and body. Emotions don't happen on their own. They are a response to a thought, memory or sense experience. Emotions can be positive or negative in charge and they root back to thoughts or senses that are also positive or negative in nature. The thoughts and emotions we feed will get stronger. We could think of our emotions as a warning system to let us know when our thoughts are troublesome. In yoga, we cultivate a meditative mind, a mind that is steadfast and able to be aware of our thoughts and feelings without being distracted or seduced by the content. Thought structures come and go, like passing clouds. There is no need to do anything about them, just let them pass.
On a physical level, when we have a thought and emotion it creates a chemical reaction in the brain, producing a peptide which attaches to a neuroreceptor and creates a neuropathway. The more we feed the thought, the deeper the groove gets and we find ourself addicted to certain thoughts and emotional states. The mind then paints our outside experiences to match our emotional desire. If we are addicted to anger, jealousy and insecurity or if we are hooked on joy, harmony and compassion, everything becomes an antagonist for that feeling.
You are creating your reality right now. We also can observe how certain emotions are felt in different locations of the body. Negative emotion will make us sick, tense and weak. Positive thoughts and emotions will make us strong, open and free. We have to experience the full range of emotions, they all serve a purpose. With practice you can learn to be intelligent about how you read your emotions and work with them every day. This awareness is a game-changer!
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