Monday, July 22, 2013

Emotional Boundaries - Inside and Out

There is wonderful clarity in focusing on the internal roots of emotions, not the external triggers spark our fire.

The Lesson of a Soccer Goal - The Source of Emotions

There is a continual obfuscation of the truth of emotions in our culture. Perennially emotions are portrayed as something outside ourselves; something beyond our reach:

  • A cartoon character is shown with a cloud over his head when he is sad.
  • We exclaim, she made me feel bad! As if we were not involved, and the important factor was external.
  • The Incredible Hulk is shown as having no control over his rage which is created by some external invasive serum.
The truth though, is much different. Emotions are feelings; feelings of the brain. Other feelings we know well are: hunger for the stomach, exhaustion for the lungs, urgency for the bladder, or cramping for the muscles. All organ feelings are internal alarms that notify our conscious mind about the needs of our bodies.  Emotions are the feelings that let our conscious mind know the needs of our brain as an organ.

Our brain thrives on a diet of learning and interaction, mental exploration of our world.  Our emotions let us know if we are feeding our brains well leading to curiosity and determination.  Emotions also let us know if our brain is having trouble digesting contraindications, conformity, hypocrisy, and immorality.

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