Roger Harty: Emotions – What Are They?

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TO understand emotions I believe we have to go back to basics. Just like building a house we have to go back to the foundations.

The basic ingredient of a cake is flour.  Without flour you cannot have a cake. No flour – No Cake.

The basic ingredient of emotion is thought. No thought – No emotions.

We can get bogged down in the whole area of – Do thoughts cause emotions or do emotions cause thoughts ?

In my opinion it’s cyclical – thoughts cause emotions which in turn cause thoughts etc, etc.

All I am saying is that the basic ingredients of emotions are thoughts, be they positive or negative, and to examine emotions we have to examine thoughts.

Some interesting information about thoughts.

a) Thoughts are energy

b) The average human being has about 60,000 thoughts a day (That’s a lot of energy!!!)

Now if thoughts are energy then it would make sense that emotions are energy.

This is where it gets very interesting; Look at the word Emotion and break it down into

E- MOTION  …………. Energy in motion.

So if we express our emotions i.e. put them out there, then the energy is in flow – as it should be (in motion).

But — If we supress our emotions, it can result in a blockage of the energy flow which over a period of time can be very harmful, especially to our health.

So in a nutshell – Free moving good energy flow i.e  E-motion, is beneficial to our health and wellbeing.

Yes I know I may be stating the obvious here but I believe it is very important to see the link between our emotions and our general well –being.

To be honest I was not always aware of that link and that is why I now try to pay more attention to this area of my life.

I can well remember a man commentating many years ago about a certain tragedy that happened locally and in particular my reaction to his comment.

He said “Isn’t it terrible how people don’t learn to deal with their emotions”. At the time I was quite hurt by his comment and thought he was being very insensitive. As time goes on I can now see whether I like it or not the great  wisdom of his comment.

Learning to control our emotions is essential to our health and wellbeing.

• Next week I am going to write about — ‘Depression; why it’s important to talk about it’

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