Feeling Emotions in Your Body + Survival Instincts
Feeling emotions in the body. This has always been a crazy concept to me.
You FEEL a way, and that triggers emotions. You know your emotions by the way your body tells you.
Funny thing is, when we are feeling sad, we feel a weight in our chest. If we are angry, we feel it boil in our stomach, burn in our skin. When we are anxious, our heart races, our palms sweat, and we feel jittery. And we always HATE these feelings. Because they aren't "good." But, what if we used those feelings as signals. As signs. When you get those feelings, they alert you that something is wrong, or off.
To speak in terms of survival, these feelings may not be rational, but they may alert you to tell you that something is happening that could put you in danger. If someone recently has died and you are sad, your body will tell you. And it is afraid that you won't be able to survive (the sadness, what the person has provided for you that you may not be able to do on your own, etc). If you are anxious about going to a party, your instincts will tell you that it is too difficult. That you may not be able to survive.
But, honestly, every feeling you have is irrational when you relate it to survival. Sure, it makes sense when you date it to the old days, but at the same time, no matter what feeling you have, it is a warning signal. It doesn't mean you are going to die. It means that you need to listen to those warning signals, because they are telling you what you need, what will make you happy, and how to understand yourself. And if you don't do those things, it's almost like a death. Because you aren't loving yourself.
God, isn't it crazy to think about? And so cool? Well, hope it makes you think about things the next time you feel a certain way... and that those emotions are trying to constantly stabilize you and make you happy.