Emotions

SI ExifMental states caused by things that happen; anger, joy, sadness, hate, rage, laughter, and others

When negative emotions are running high, one rarely makes the best decisions.  Anon.

When a man is prey to his emotions, he is not his master. Baruch Spinoza  

The principal use of prudence, of self control, is that it teaches us to be masters of our emotions. Rene Descartes   

How we react emotionally to things that happen to us is a big part of who we are. Defense mechanisms, barriers and our outer core are often bypassed when our emotions get activated. It is a time when we come so much closer to revealing our true nature and our naked unprotected inner selves. We expose who we really are.

Even the strongest and hardcore exteriors of many individuals make way to a softer, more vulnerable interior. In many respects our inner vulnerable childlike nature gets displayed. Some reveal their emotions easily while others are less prone to do so. Emotional reactions can be spontaneous outpourings of our subconscious nature.

When we react emotionally we are in a manner, reacting out of control. Using a very graphic analogy, we are throwing up emotionally. It is an involuntary reaction, something triggers an emotional reaction and we are unable to prevent it from happening. We try our best to repress emotional outbursts, but are unable to; it pours forth no mater what we try to do. The emotional nature of the event penetrates our defenses and overwhelm us.

Some consider it a weakness to react emotionally. It is a time of vulnerability. We often are at our worst under emotional stress. Those unable to control their temper often allow rage to overwhelm them. Others let tears flow like a human version of Niagara Falls. We should learn to control our emotions but not necessarily to totally repress them. It is not good to lose our temper, but is not healthy to totally repress our emotions. Women and men tend to express their emotions differently. There is nothing intrinsically good or bad about our emotions. It is a physiological aspect of our true nature. Our emotions do need proper forms for expressing themselves.

We do not perform at our best when reacting more to feelings than to facts and reasoning. Some of our worst decisions occur under emotional strain. Important decisions should not be made during periods of undue stress; they should be postponed until we are more rational. We should not expect others to be at their best when they are emotionally strained. Learning to express emotions in ways that are proper and desirable is healthy. It is also not healthy to hide and repress them, they will eventually find expression. The ideal is to be in control of them.

Challenge: You should always be aware when you are emotionally stressed. Avoid making significant decisions during these time periods. Avoid emotional outbursts. Do not allow emotional eruptions to negatively affect your relationships with others. Find ways to provide healthy opportunities to vent frustrations and stress. Allow others to reach out to you when you are in need of reassurance and compassion. Learn to better control your emotions.

Wisdom: Emotions are the color of life; we would be drab creatures indeed without them. But we must control these emotions or they will control us. John M Wilson

Spiritual: (NIV)

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  Matthew 6:14

He healeth the broken in heart and bindeth up their wounds.  Psalm 147:3

A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.  Psalm 34:19

Our true self resides inside us. It gets revealed when we are emotionally stressed and react to things that happen. We may lose our temper; rant and rave; or may break down and cry like a baby. Emotionally we have opened up and revealed our vulnerabilities to the world. More often than not we try to hide our true self from the world. We cannot hide from God. He totally knows us in and out. He will help us if we will ask Him. He perfectly loves us.

Prayer:  Help me to have the strength I need when I am weak and need to deal with life’s challenges.

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