Are Your Emotions Holding You Back? How to Feel Joy

I recently read this statement: “You are not your emotion, you are experiencing an emotion”. This is so true. In a given day, how many emotions do we experience? In the 1970’s theorists identified 6 basic emotions:

  • Anger
  • Disgust
  • Fear
  • Happiness
  • Sadness
  • Surprise

Portrait of mature woman sitting in countrysideIn the 1980’s Dr. Robert Plutchik coined the “wheel of emotions”. He identified 8 primary opposing emotions: joy versus sadness; anger versus fear; trust versus disgust; and surprise versus anticipation. What I found most interesting in his model were the opposing emotions we may experience with loss. On one side of the circle are the emotions of grief, sadness and pensiveness. The opposing emotions were identified as ecstasy, joy and serenity.

How can we move toward the emotional experience of joy? We can choose to. What if every morning you awoke and claimed the day by saying “this is going to be a great day.” Now, of course we can’t control traffic or obnoxious people but we can control our response to any given situation. What helps set the pace for the day aside from making a positive statement? Morning meditation. The act of meditation alone increases serotonin, HGH, DHEA and reduces cortisol. Quiet the mind, quiet and heal the body.

Are you struggling to get your meditation practice started?

Namaste & Be well

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