Emotional Integration Methods, part 1

Note: I originally wrote this in 2004/5. But, since we all have the tendency to forget what we have learned, I’m re-posting today. I need to read my older articles to remember what really works for me!

English: Managing emotions - Identifying feelings

English: Managing emotions – Identifying feelings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reframing your thinking in a positive light is not just for the affirmation spouting “feel good” types.  Research is finally catching up with what many have suspected all along: positive emotions can change your life.  Specifically, they can “broaden people’s habitual modes of thinking and build their physical, intellectual and social resources” according to BL Fredrickson.

When you engage positive thoughts and emotions, not only are you leaving no room for negative emotions, you are also creating new neural pathways in your brain.  This means your brain changes, and thus, you change! 

You can become a healthier person on all levels, especially in relation to your emotional consistency and resilience—something all people  need to be successful.

Doc Childre reminds us in his work (Heartmath) that “attitude directs how you manage your energy.”  How we manage our energy really is how we run our lives and businesses, don’t you think? 

If your energy is scattered or fragmented, you may feel like you are working an awful lot while not achieving the results you want.

IF your energy is being directed by fear or anxiety—emotions often felt when taking huge leaps of faith—your intuition could become stifled along with your creativity resulting in stagnant performance.

Learning how to focus one’s emotions, neutralizing the negative ones, can directly affect productivity, profit and performance.  We know from current research on the brain and heart that these changes are not only psychological in nature; your physiology changes along with your emotions.  It’s not all in your head! We’ve all experienced clammy hands when we are nervous, for example.

Obviously, we can’t control primitive reflexreactions  

Figure 15 from Charles Darwin's The Expression...

—like when we are startled—but we can learn to minimize the body reactions by neutralizing our negative thoughts and emotions.

Next: In part 2, we look at some techniques that work to regulate emotions

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