Emotions are data. Valuable data.
Resisting our emotions adds an extra layer of suffering.
Being disturbed by our emotions adds an extra layer of suffering.
“What’s wrong with me?”
“I shouldn’t feel this way.”
“I need it to stop!”
All extra suffering.
Instead, we can observe our emotions and use their data to point us in the direction of personal growth and fulfillment.
That doesn’t mean letting your emotions guide you blindly.
Data informs, but doesn’t control.
Our emotions only have the power to be unpleasant (ok, REALLY unpleasant) unless we let them control our actions.
Once our emotions control our actions, they control our lives.
Learning how to wisely use emotional data is life changing.
Learning how to feel at peace while experiencing fear, grief and other unpleasant emotions is life changing.
Being able to act with a clear mind in the face of those emotions is powerful.
What role do emotions play in your life?