It’s easy to get caught up in the emotions we feel. This usually leads to clouded judgment which can become nearly impossible to clear up. I’ve caught myself many times making bad decisions or arriving at false conclusions all because my perception was tainted with other things going on in my life. If you aren’t able to identify when your judgments are inaccurate, this could set you up for failure. All you will be doing is making poor choices which lead to the emotions that cause even worse choices.
Finding the balance where you can handle your issues appropriately without allowing them to interfere with other aspects of life can be very difficult. It’s currently a work in progress for me. Usually when I am upset, I step back for a moment and try to figure out why. What is stopping me from being happy in this moment? Sometimes it can be as simple as being hungry, the train ride home, or a disagreement with a family member. Whatever it is, it shouldn’t be stopping us from heading towards our higher selves.
It’s important to understand that YOU ARE NOT WHAT YOU FEEL. Your feelings are temporary, they’re changing every few seconds. When we identify ourselves with how we feel, that emotion will completely take over our lives. Majority of the time, when we feel bitter, our actions show bitterness. When we feel scared, our actions show fear. Being able to feel emotions without your character being shaken up by it, is step one to a more mature, grounded and powerful life.
Observe your emotions throughout the day. Reflect on them. Before making a comment or jumping to a conclusion, step outside of how you feel for a second and ask yourself if this is what the better you will believe or do. The more you practice this self-awareness, the stronger and more efficient it becomes.