There is something about the spring that invigorates people. We seem happier as we spend more time outdoors enjoying the fresh air and the sunshine and there is a natural spring to our step as trees bud and spring flowers blossom. The promise of warm summer breezes liberates our souls.
We open our windows allowing the stale air that has been accumulating over the winter be freed of us and our homes, and we let the cooler, crisper spring air move in to take it’s place. The days are getting longer and we feel more energetic as we go about our daily tasks.
We clean out our closets, our cupboards and our garages offering a fresh start to the new season. But we forget such an important part of us; we forget to clean out our emotional processes, not allowing for new fresher, more inspiring emotions to come in. What would an emotional spring cleaning even look like; and how would we begin to go about it?
Could we shed our low energy emotions, making room for our high energy states of being like love, gratitude and compassion? How can we refresh our emotions and allow for more love in our lives? What emotions should we purge so we can make room for more love and connection; to let the feeling of love in for us?
Emotions are energy- energy in motion; e-motion. Love is an emotion, it’s an energy and it’s a state of being. Do we spend enough time understanding how our emotions motivate and dictate our behaviours and our views of love? Do we spend enough time understanding our beliefs about our own happiness and how we benefit from it?
Do we have any fears surrounding love that don’t serve us anymore? Have we defined what love means to us? Do we fear rejection, abandonment, or betrayal which can be consequences of love gone bad?
We shake out our heavy sweaters of winter and pack them away. We air out of comforters and extra blankets and store them carefully so they are readily available when the temperature turns colder and they become useful once again.
We take great care to ensure the well-being of our physical possessions, yet we don’t treat our emotions with such tender, loving care. Should our emotions play a bigger role in our lives as they affect our behaviour as they provide a source of tremendous internal power and happiness?
(The following is an excerpt from Ending Global Loneliness; Finding Purpose, Love and Dynamic Relationships that offers perspective on our human emotions.)
How Emotions Shape Our Beliefs
Can emotions create beliefs? I think so. Beliefs have a very powerful influence over us; our beliefs can convince us of anything. Beliefs can be a wonderful tool in life; if used effectively, beliefs can free you. If not used effectively, beliefs can imprison you. Emotions can create beliefs about ourselves and about others. Low self-esteem is often mired in false beliefs of one’s self. If emotions can direct behaviour then they can dictate our beliefs if we believed we weren’t lovable or that we were somehow responsible for bad things that happened to us. One way to release negative emotions and any underlying beliefs is to expand your experiences. By trying something new, like being consciously open to love, sometimes new healthier, more enlightened experiences replace the old negative beliefs offering hope. Once you start to expand your positive experiences, you will have less room for fears or doubts. Discovery of new beliefs can replace the old ones. Try this mantra: “I am a beautiful, loving, wonderful person and I deserve to be happy.” Say this five times a day if you can or however many times you want. Say it until you believe it, and watch how people transform around you. People will be able to sense the change in energy around you and will either react positively (be happy for you) or negatively (try to control or sabotage you). Remember the life lesson is to learn to trust yourself in this case and recognizing the environment you are in is part of it. Emotions can’t be thought; they are felt. Whether we repress them, obsess over them, talk about them to death, feelings stay inside of us until we learn how to get them out. Beliefs and feelings can only do you harm when they are hidden from your awareness. Uncovering false beliefs helps to demystify your feelings because it is only by examining your false beliefs will you attain freedom from them. To deal with a negative feeling, feel it then release it along with the old belief that you carry around with that feeling. Then what happens is emotional space will open up inside of you for a new belief. You have to clear out the old beliefs to make room for the new beliefs, otherwise it leaves you feeling conflicted.
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When we work within our inner awareness, our higher consciousness and our intuition, we will find our way into more love in our lives. Love is a conscious decision. To do this, it helps if we have a deep understanding of our human nature including all our emotions; especially love.
To maintain emotional wellbeing, we need to feel (not repress) our emotions. It’s by feeling them that we can let go of them and of any limiting dysfunctional belief around them. We can learn about ourselves from the emotions we feel, or we can learn from the life lessons we were meant to learn about relationships and love. Once we do that, we can create healthier beliefs about ourselves, feel and release our emotions, and rewrite our new beliefs so we can become enlightened by our own truth and live our lives filled with more love.
Read Ending Global Loneliness; Finding Purpose, Love and Dynamic Relationships and create your own Love Signature. Available May 1, 2016. (Go to the Pre-order tab to get your copy at Amazon.ca.)