'I didn't know the difference between a thought and an emotion...'
I made this comment in a video about emotions (scroll down to watch) that I posted last week and judging by people's comments and messages, I could tell it struck a chord with folks.
The truth is, I used to hear others differentiate between thought and emotion but I had no idea what they were talking about. I had very little awareness of what I was actually feeling. I was totally numb to emotion.
If you're like me not too long ago and you're wondering what emotions are, here's the dictionary definition ::
instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge.
The key words here? Instinctive. Intuitive.
Emotions are your intuition :: the 'feeling' component to thought. Feelings are the corollary of thoughts and thoughts are the corollary of feelings. They go hand in hand with one another, revealing what's deeply true for you.
For example, have you ever had a gut reaction to something and someone and not trusted it because it conflicted with your logic or reasoning? How did things work out with that person or situation? I'm going to guess that all of us have put ourselves in situations where we regretted not trusting our intuitive knowing.
Not only are they natural, emotions are our internal compass. They are meant to guide us and reveal to us the truth of what we hold in mind.
Unthawing the ice around the emotional body and opening up to feeling is key to a juicy and joyous existence, but dealing with challenging emotions like grief, anger or fear can be downright scary at times.
This was the inspiration behind this video.
I hope it offers some insight,