Emotions: Do You Have Them or Do They Have You?
“When you feel yourself in the grip of an emotion such as jealousy or anger or sorrow…take a step back…You can allow the emotion to run through you without causing negative thoughts or actions.” Gary Zukov
Emotions are part of human nature and they meant to be felt. The problem arises when we hold onto emotions and become them.
We express how we feel as “I am angry or I am sad”, rather than “I feel angry or I feel sad”. There is a marked difference between the two. If you are the emotion, then you have taken on the emotion live in reaction, rather than feeling it and moving on.
When you take a step back and view the situation without layering your emotions and perceptions, then the emotion no longer will have a grip on you.
You can see with greater clarity and bring yourself back to the here and now.
Let me know in the comments below what your experience has been. Are you able to take a step back from your emotions, or do you get caught up in them?
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