emotion that can break your heart is
sometimes the very one that heals it.
At First Sight
After many years of training
myself, strong emotions are now a trigger for me to look at
something. I think that all emotions are triggers for us to
grow in our level of consciousness.
give life texture and depth, but there's an art to
managing our moods. Once we cultivate inner balance
we can immerse ourselves fully in every experience without
fear of going overboard. When we're conversant with
our emotions, we learn to nurture positive feelings and
defuse disturbing ones.
Joan Duncan Oliver
not let another day go by where your dedication to other people's
opinions is greater than your dedication to your own emotions!
Life, the Truth, and Being Free
any emotion—love for a woman, or grief for a loved one,
or what I’m going through, fear and pain from a deadly
illness. If you hold back on the emotions—if you don’t
allow yourself to go all the way through them—you can
never get to being detached, you’re too busy being
afraid. You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of
the grief. You’re afraid of the vulnerability that
loving entails. But by throwing yourself into these
emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way,
over your head even, you experience them fully and
completely. You know what pain is. You know what love is.
You know what grief is. And only then can you say, ‘All
right. I have experienced that emotion. I recognize that
emotion. Now I need to detach from that emotion for a
Schwartz (quoted by Mitch Albom)
Tuesdays With Morrie
We tend to think of the rational as a higher
order, but it is the
emotional that marks our lives.
One often learns more from ten
days of agony than from ten
years of contentment.
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Two - Year Three
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It is one of the great troubles of life that
we cannot have any unmixed
emotions. There is always
something in our enemy that we like,
and something in our
sweetheart that we dislike.
William Butler Yeats
shared language, emotions
are perhaps our most effective
means of cross-species communication. We can share our emotions,
understand the language of feelings,
and that's why we form
enduring social bonds with many other
beings. Emotions are the glue that binds.
The Emotional Lives of Animals
you react emotionally is a choice in any situation.
you keep your emotions locked in a box, then when you want
to open it one day you'll find that they're gone.
Just like children, emotions heal when they are
heard and validated.
Jill Bolte Taylor
My Stroke of Insight
It is very difficult to
accept in others emotions you cannot accept in yourself.
|But human beings
are like that, she thought.
We've replaced nearly all our emotions with fear.
are like muscles. Most of them go highly unattended,
it's usually the weaker, undefined ones that cause injury to
the rest, and there is most certainly memory response in play.
you believe everything you feel is an illusion then you’re
Your emotion is part you. You’re made with it. Denying it and
thinking it is all your mind, is denying your existence.
Ann Marie Aguilar
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and others are stuck in a horrible world where being
emotional in any way counts as being unbalanced, and
unable to think clearly. For me, emotions are thought.
the proper motions each day and you'll soon
begin to feel the corresponding emotions!
George W. Crane
I don't own
my emotions unless I can think about them. I am
not afraid of feeling, but I am afraid of feeling unthinkingly.
I don't want to drown. My head is my heart's lifebelt.
hard for people to think clearly because their emotional
needs keep getting in the way. The trick is to make
thinking clearly an emotional need.
is the chief source of all becoming-conscious. There can
be no transforming of darkness into light and of
apathy into movement without emotion.
Emotions are the color of
life; we would be drab creatures indeed without
them. But we must control these emotions or they will control
John M. Wilson
|We would never
move forward in the face of negative emotion. There
are many people who would teach you otherwise. They say, you've
got to face fear to get over it. And all they do is desensitize
to the point that they get themselves into situations where they
no idea what's going on, and the end of them comes rather abruptly.
And then everyone calls them brave.
think about emotion this way--as outside-in, not inside out--it
is possible to understand how some people can have an enormous
amount of influence over others. Some of us, after all, are very
good at expressing emotions and feelings, which means that we
are far more emotionally contagious than the rest of us.
We have become so
"rational" a culture that we have substituted answers
for the kind of understanding that can feel the consequences of
answers. Lester Bangs put it this way: "The only
questions worth asking
today are whether humans are going to have any emotions tomorrow,
and what the quality of life will be if the answer is no."
with Our Souls
It's as bad to have too little emotion as it is to have too
The person without emotion is the person without compassion.
Compassion comes from the heart, not the head.
|A few weeks ago, one of the senior managers
in my group told me about a very difficult critique session
he'd had with one of his women employees. He had hired her,
with great expectations of an outstanding performance.
Instead, she had not adjusted well to her new job, and her
performance was lackluster. An appraisal and perhaps a
"caring confrontation" were in order.
When he told her she was not doing the job well enough, she
began to cry. She knew, she said, she was letting him down,
and her own disappointment in herself embarrassed her.
"What did you do?" I asked.
"What could I do? I felt terrible. I cried too,"
he said, and I couldn't help thinking about the big-time
management consultant and his box of Kleenex.
In my view, that manager demonstrated two things: He cared
enough about the work that he was willing to confront
someone he had a special interest in, and he cared enough
about her to be hurt that she was upset. But let me make
something clear: I'm not talking about management for
and by the wimps. In fact, I am talking about the most
difficult management there is, a management without
emotional hiding places.
You just can no longer be the tough guy, and you also can't
come on as the impassive, ice-water-in-the-veins "cool
head." On the other hand, the kindly parent who
listens-and-understands- but-does-nothing approach also
won't work. No, in every situation, you must lead with your
real self, because if you're going to be on the leading edge
of management, you sometimes must be on the emotional edge
|Even though you experience positive emotions as exquisitely subtle
brief, such moments can ignite powerful forces of growth in your life.
They do this first by opening you up: your outlook quite literally expands
as you come under the influence of any of several positive emotions.
With this momentarily broadened, more encompassing mind-set, you
become more flexible, attuned to others, creative, and wise. Over time,
you also become more resourceful. In fact, my research and that of
others shows that positive emotions can set off upward spirals in your
life, self-sustaining trajectories of growth that lift you up to become
a better version of yourself.
do I change?
If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
the march toward Truth, anger, selfishness, hatred, naturally give
for otherwise Truth would be impossible to attain. A person
who is swayed
by negative emotions may have good enough intentions, may be
in word, but he or she will never find the Truth.
Most relate to the world by
their emotions, which means they know
only the unreality of illusion--this world of emotion is the world
duality, of love and hate, of joy and sorrow. All emotions are
to themselves, and last only as long as the supporting thought is
A Spiritual Warrior
become our own enemy when we are thrown out of balance
by anger, hatred, grief, or any other intense emotion.
We are for the time being obsessed by something alien.
emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is
impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you.
you feel yourself in the grip of an emotion such as jealousy
or anger or sorrow, detach yourself from it. Take a step back.
When you do that, you can allow the emotion to run through you
without causing negative thoughts or actions.
|We are all human beings.
We have emotions. Men and women just
express them differently. That is the difference between
want to talk about their emotions, whereas men want to
privately deal with them and think them through.
more intense forms of feelings. The feeling of sadness
may build into grief, the feeling of irritation can become a fierce
The distinguishing characteristic of emotion is that it dominates
our attention and cannot be ignored, while a feeling
can remain in the background of awareness.
emotions, we become humorless, rigid, and stereotyped;
by repressing them we become literal, reformatory and
encouraged, they perfume life; discouraged, they poison it.