Choosing our Feelings
30 tips in 30 days: #20.
We can choose how we feel. If I feel grumpy, I can walk outside and absorb the natural beauty around me in this Hawaiian paradise. Within minutes, I feel happy — or at least happier.
Uplifting beauty can be found anywhere, anytime, even in a bleak city. Back in Denver, for instance, after the winter death of my four-year love relationship, when I saw the first crocus flower of spring peek out of the snow, my heart opened. Seeing the sweet gift of life’s renewal, choosing to let go to my emotions, I wept.
I am better at deliberately creating positive emotional states now than I was years ago. I no longer fear fear itself, for example, nor do I fear grief. I can dive through these emotional waves to emerge on the other side. However, I could do far better at feeling joy and love. I can do better at living in my heart more than in my head.
The secret to choosing our emotional state is being mindful of the thoughts prompting our emotions, prompting our neurochemistry. Women generally have more emotional awareness than men, yet I’ve known men who can feel and express all their emotions just as I’ve known women who are shut down emotionally.
If you wish to help create a quantum shift into global consciousness on our planet, please share with others this excerpt from my book: GLOBAL SENSE: The 2012 Edition: A spiritual handbook on the nature of society and how to change the world by changing ourselves