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Humans – Emotional First - Rational Second. Thursday May 14, 2015

Much of what we read in Moodscope is all about emotions.

Emotion comes from the Latin 'Emotere' meaning 'to move'.

No emotion = no movement = no change.

Emotions can be viewed as energy in motion; a neutral energy that adds power to our thoughts. For example, add emotional energy to a frustrating thought and we can quickly feel anger. On the other hand, add emotional energy to a kind thought of someone and we can experience a feeling of compassion.

It's often difficult to get a grip on our emotions because they happen so fast. Scientists have repeatedly confirmed that our emotional reactions show up in brain activity before we even have time to think. We evaluate everything emotionally as we perceive it. We think about it afterward.

Scientists used to believe that emotions are produced only in the brain. However, sophisticated instruments now show that emotions are the product of an ongoing dialogue between the body and the brain; a combination of feeling sensations, associated mental thoughts and biochemical reactions that shape our emotional experience, in gradations from very pleasant to very painful.

Lastly, emotions trigger many changes in our bodies. For instance every time we feel a stressful emotion approximately 1400 biochemical changes take place.

Psychologists categorize some emotions like love, compassion, appreciation, care and joy as "positive" and others like anger, anxiety, hate, jealousy and sadness as "negative".

We can easily tell the difference between positive and negative emotions in our body. Worry may cause muscle tension; anxiety may agitate the stomach. By contrast, love, appreciation, compassion and kindness may calm us, allowing the body's communication systems to flow with greater harmony and efficiency.

We can effectively utilise the amazing power of emotion when we become more aware of which emotions add quality to our lives and which ones don't.

This is not to say that some emotions are bad. And I am not suggesting we should repress our emotions and not ever feel sad or frustrated. All of our emotions play an important part in how we experience life. They are like the colours on an artist's palette that we use to paint our picture of life. And, while emotions are often reactions to life's events, it is important to understand that they are choices as well.

Can you write down what emotions you went through today and why?

What could you do to ensure you place yourself in a more balanced emotional state?

Will you do it?

A Moodscope member.

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Anonymous Thu, May 14th 2015 @ 6:21am

Hi Les, this is timely for me! I'm emotionally charged and urgently need to get more sleep. Thank you for the prompt. Love from the room above the garage x.

Anonymous Thu, May 14th 2015 @ 8:48am

Medutation helps achieve a more balanced state.

Julia Thu, May 14th 2015 @ 9:31am

My sister says her tinnitus gets worse when she is angry. I feel breathless when I shout in anger so she and I have both experienced the physical feelings resulting from emotional expression. Now my angry outbursts are short lived as I consciously tell myself to stop. A calm will almost immediately spread over me. I like this blog Les and where you write..."And, while emotions are often reactions to life's events, it is important to understand that they are choices as well....I really do agree with this statement.

Anonymous Thu, May 14th 2015 @ 10:17am

Hi Les, thanks for this. Over time, we can learn to keep the negative emotions from hurting other people, but it's really hard to keep the lid on them so they don't hurt us physically and mentally. They are lightening quick, as you say, and are there before the brain has even registered them. Accepting that emotions are choices is indeed important but the instictive body must be trained. How do you do that? One way is to really be conscious of the positive emotions when we're feeling them -- to really feel their effects and try to prolong them. That way, our nervous system remembers and can get back to equilibrium more easily after a negative emotion pops up. Meditation probably achieves this very well too (on to-do list, i'm procrastinating). It's all rather a full-time job, isn't it! susan xx

Anonymous Thu, May 14th 2015 @ 10:49am

I agree Susan, full time battling! :-) love ratg x.

Les Thu, May 14th 2015 @ 11:04am

Hi Guys

For me - life is like driving a car.

We set off knowing what direction we want to go in and we make continual small adjustments on the wheel to keep us on track.

If we get it wrong, we may even do a 180 or a 90 degree turn.

We change direction externally far more easily than we change our inner compass.............because of so many things.....others expectations, our ego, materialism, career, perceived love et al......

If we are clear about our values and what we stand for.....our own life direction is just as 'simple' as the car journey.

As Covey would have said - start with the end in mind!

What would you like said at your funeral...........?


Simple ....never easy.

If we let go the 'wheel' (heart) while 'driving' our life..........shit happens....and we have to make bigger 'heart' corrections........even U-turns....!!!

Happy driving...........every second - every minutes - every hour - every day...........which is easy - if - IF - you stay true to your values regardless of the outcome.

Many however sell their soul at work or in a relationship to feel 'safe' (house, home, money, contact, care)......the only security is 'inside'.

Where is your security right now.............?

Where are you 'driving' your life..........?

And what are you teaching your children..........?

Les Thu, May 14th 2015 @ 11:06am

Go sleep.........and per chance - dream

Les Thu, May 14th 2015 @ 11:09am


Mindfulness for me is more malleable....

Les Thu, May 14th 2015 @ 11:09am

Great example............thanks

Anonymous Thu, May 14th 2015 @ 1:37pm

Tonight I have an early date with my goonie :-) love ratg x.

Aisam Morhtassi Thu, May 14th 2015 @ 7:45pm

Hi Les
Another great and informative post! Just the reminder I needed to try as best as I can to live in the moment, and know that emotions rise and fall and also pass, some just take longer than others, but we all come out stronger at the end and know ourselves just a little better

Les Thu, May 14th 2015 @ 7:59pm

Hi Aisam

Thanks for that...........

To know and control self is THE key not only for leadership but for life itself.

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