Entries tagged with “Emotions”
Find ways to take a break from overwhelming situations.
Anger can grant us tremendous strength, but can become destructive, too. Here are affirmations for anger acknowledging it, moving through it, and releasing it.
Maybe you’ve come across one of those bumper stickers that reads Let That #$!% Go, or you’ve seen a T-shirt with the same expression and a serene image of Buddha. But how to let go?
Build your mental and emotional muscles by giving up these patterns.
While the chaotic feeling of overwhelm has been normalized—it isn’t “normal.” Here are three ways to overcome your the frenzy of your busy schedule and the constant feeling of overwhelm.
Here are three ways to know you might be emotionally constipated.
In need of an emotional detox? Here are three ways to cleanse yourself of stuck emotions so you can be free to process your feelings in a healthy way.
The process of finding emotional balance when faced with difficult situations.
Learn how to vanquish anxiety and actually enjoy the holidays with these tips.
1. As the science is emerging on the mind-gut connection, what do you believe is the most significant discovery?The most important realization is to view the mind-brain-gut microbi…
Is it time to clean out your spiritual closet? Is your emotional sock drawer overflowing? Productivity expert Erin Rooney Doland, author of "Unclutter Your Life in One Week," offers five steps to restore order.
Fight for your happiness. Here are some tips.
Emotional Detox: Cleansing Intolerance through Emotional Connection
Start observing your anger to truly understand where it should be directed.
Difficult conversations are a powerful time to learn to handle strong emotions. It's not an easy practice, but it is worth the effort.
The emotional body is widely overlooked for overall health and happiness. Explore these 7 stories on how to understand, cope with and use your emotions appropriately.
Moving is exciting—and stressful. Here are ways to make your new space feel more “you.”
Feeling off-kilter? This simple and powerful practice can bring you out of your swirling thoughts and ground you firmly in the present moment.
From the book Rock and Water: The Power of Thought; The Peace of Letting Go
“We do not get to choose what feelings arise or how intensely we feel them. Our only choice is in how we relate to them.”
A protocol to use to evolve your energy through intention and attention, and an audio meditation to help guide you.
We had 17 people for for our weekly local meditation group this week, including some faces we haven’t seen for a while! We read the last section of the chapter “Lovingkindness” i…
I often say that yoga makes you better at absolutely everything, except remembering where you put your car keys.A regular yoga practice boosts your immune system, regulates your ho…
Accepting (even embracing) challenging emotions takes practice, but it's never too late.
What helped is that I finally found a purpose for this sometimes-excruciating feeling.
Over the last several years, I’ve come to believe that the greatest, most powerful, most courageous thing we can do in our lives is learn to befriend our pain. This idea is a majo…
Yoga and mindfulness can help us recognize that our discomfort has a flow.
Variations of the ancient protocol “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” have been shared and taught far and wide as the appropriate code of ethics for human behavior…
Clearing Emotional ClutterMindfulness Practices for Letting Go of What’s Blocking Your Fulfillment and Transformationby Donald AltmanNew World LibraryYou couldn’t swing a book bag …
Emotional RescueHow to Work with Your Emotions to Transform Hurt and Confusion into Energy that Empowers YouBy Dzogchen Ponlop RinpocheTARCHER/PENGUIN“Emotions get their power from…
And shame sabotages our desire for closeness.
What should we do when we’re upset or depressed? Should we analyze our feelings to figure out what’s wrong, or should we just forget about them and move on? Opinions differ, but ne…
“If we are going to survive as a species worthy of survival, we will have to get beyond the limits of ‘us’ verses ‘them’ and open to the truth of all of us together.”
“Desire is the feeling that there is something more out there for us, something bigger, something that has meaning and wants to drive us forward in our lives.”
Meditation teacher and psychotherapist Ralph De La Rosa, author of Don't Tell Me to Relax, offers advice for living fully through difficult times.
“When overwhelm is given the time and space it needs to be processed, it transforms into a victory attempting to happen.”
We talk to Karla McLaren about what we can learn from our anger, how to approach anxiety, why positive emotions aren't always positive, and more.
An Interview with Daniel Goleman
In last week’s post, I talked about the vital importance of emotional intelligence. Medical professionals are learning that a huge, overlooked reason many North Americans get sick …
Dear Eve, I am so frustrated I feel like giving up. I am struggling in so many areas of my life. My relationship is sort of “so so,” nothing horrible, but nothing to write home ab…
While working with a relationship retreat guest recently, I had a funny realization. You know how astronomers tell us that the light we see coming from the stars above at night is …
Discover inner freedom. In this meditation, Grokker Meditation Expert Mark Coleman will demonstrate how to open to, feel, and sense emotional states with acceptance and curios…
Rather than piling shame on top of shame, we need to slow down and honestly feel whatever it is we feel.
This is the time of year when we wish people “Happy” or a variation on the theme, “Merry.” Happy Holidays. Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year. The other night my …
The First Insight: Fear can close our hearts, shape our emotional life, and freeze our emotions, but the only power that fear has is the power we give to it. We can take that power…
A landmark study by the University of Michigan has identified a likely reason why feeling emotionally close to a friend works wonders on a woman’s mood — and even boosts her health…
There’s a surprising upside to those crabby and irritable moments.
Kathryn Drury Wagner speaks with trauma expert Kathryn Templeton on how to move from immobilization into balance and harmony.
“The problem isn’t the depth of sadness or anger that we feel. The problem is our resistance to them.”
Use this method to process traumatic experiences and work through challenging emotional states.
Is it possible to forgive infidelity and to overcome the emotional pain of betrayal?
Take a moment to reflect on how often your bad mood or bad attitude gets spewed all over your most significant others.
Classic research grounds our moods in the body, not in the head, and points toward simple steps to happiness.
Are you feeling anxious, angry, or just plain overwhelmed at work? Here are some tips for how to manage these emotions and enjoy your workday more.
Begin to lessen the overwhelming emotional response you may be experiencing to the smallest provocation.
When we are ready to find our way to solid ground, these two steps can help us in our journey
A relationship is like a puppy. Everyone wants it when they see it, some of us actually take it home, but only a few can live happily with it. For some, the puppy runs away; for ot…
We all have bad days, where nothing we do seems to work out the way we planned. If these days are more common than not, you might feel like you are merely surviving your life. It i…
Taking things personally is a reaction, not an emotion.
If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, don’t cut yourself off from other people, says Kelly McGonigal. Instead, double down on your capacity for connection.
“If you are a sensitive person, you might notice that you are highly affected by other people’s moods, what others might think of you, and the news you hear about the world around you.”
Blame it on the environment, your work, the stress, your partner, the kids, the overwhelm—yet the truth remains—your emotions are your own and for you to remain in bala…
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people are so full of doubts. ~Bertrand RussellWe live in a world that is…
Why feeling bad after a failure is good for you.
“The body never lies,” Janet Stone said in a workshop on the yogic concept of satya, or truth. “We misinterpret it, ignore it, and project our ideas onto it, but the body itself ne…
Sometimes fear, anger, or sadness are appropriate responses to the complexities of life.
Excerpted from The Power of Forgiveness by Joan Gattuso
In a research project at the University of London, volunteers were asked to listen to 15-second snippets of music before judging the emotional content of faces. The results were re…
An Interview with Mark Epstein
“Our hearts convey the most poignant picture through the eyes. It is not merely a window, but a reflection of our state of mind.” —Jeffrey Benjamin, MD
An audio meditation to engage with our anger and compassion without shame.
For this meditation, you choose an emotion—something that’s present for you and easy to access in your body.
The best way to achieve inner peace is to treat your brain as a computer, according to entrepreneurial coder Sir John Hargrave.
We interviewed Sharon Salzberg for this issue to honor her remarkable career. With COVID-19 on everyone’s mind as we went to print, she graciously allowed us to share an adapted excerpt from Real Happiness.
Life simply and harshly demands that we dive into the depth of what we’re given, meeting life, not avoiding it.
The guidance Tyler Knott Gregson offers in his new book, Miracle in the Mundane, is meant to help us tap into our creativity, purpose, and joy; because, "from time to time in this crazy and chaotic spin we call life, we need to pause, reflect, and truly begin again."
Shoma Morita was a Zen Buddhist, and his therapy left a lasting spiritual mark on Japan.
When we can channel our anger into compassionate communication, it can help us cultivate a stronger sense of self along with even more intimate and satisfying relationships.
“If I’m working on a song, I get to a point, and I get so emotionally pulled in, and it affects me so deeply I cry—it’s like a sign.” —Lucinda Williams, whose latest album, Good Souls Better Angels, was released in April
Your back pain is trying to tell you something. Chronic back pain might be caused by stuck emotions.
Creative self-expression through movement and dance can help to release unprocessed emotions that have become lodged in the body.
How can empathic people let loose the burden of other people's emotions?
Building a practice of being with your emotions.
We can’t second-guess every choice we make. So how do we know what it means for something to feel right?
When we suppress emotional energy, it lands in the energy system for the physical body, generating or exacerbating pain, illness and disease.
A couple of centuries ago, nostalgia — the wistful, sentimental yearning for a person close to us, for a significant life event, or for a place important to us — was dubbed a medic…
Evolve your volcano of reactive emotions, moving instead into an authentic and appropriate response.
A new study shows how a seemingly strange quirk can actually help control emotions.
COVID-19 has anxiety on high. To cope: It’s time to surrender.
When I was in graduate school, I was fascinated by a play by Eugene Ionesco called The -Lesson. In it a young woman studies for the total doctorate, but she has a problem. She can …
Recently I started having trouble sleeping. Awake at 4 a.m., I'd scold myself: Relax! You crazy anxious maniac! You're ruining tonight and turning tomorrow into sleep-deprived hell…
“Positivity becomes toxic when an overfocus on rainbows and flowers leads to bypassing necessary emotions and experiences. Difficult emotions are there for a reason.” There's one cure for toxic positivity ...
Author Katharina Lederle describes the dance between our emotional wellbeing and the quality our sleep.
An interesting new theory behind the way human facial expressions developed.
Quite simply, the hauntings of our mind stand between us and everything else.
We can limit the amount of pain we create for ourselves by selecting better coping tools.
"The truth is, we all go through cycles of emotions and eventually return to neutral. We then remain in a neutral state of equilibrium until some stimulus acts on us again, and then we feel an emotion until it too fades away and we return to neutral again."
When we assume that an emotion is negative or unwholesome, we strand ourselves from the life-giving impact that it could have for us. Such distancing can be draining—we use up a si…
Maybe it’s time to unleash what it really feels like to care.
You’ll be happier when you feel the emotions you need to feel, even if they aren’t rosy.
The other day, my friend and yoga teacher Meghan Currie said to me about the core: "There's just this layer of energetic garbage around your core. You kind of have to burn through …
Anger is not the most comfortable emotion to feel. It also may be the most abhorred emotional state in spiritual contexts. We often get the message that anger is what our practices…
“It’s certainly toxic to express our anger without thought, acting out with cruelty, meanness, or pettiness. But it’s also toxic to swallow that anger down.”
All emotions, including anger, are signals about what we’re needing.
Research into the roots of a powerful emotion.
“The impulse with judgment is usually to shame the person we are judging, to make fun of them or ostracize them. This is not an adaptive response.”
Yoga teachers often refer to the pelvis as “the junk drawer of emotions.” To let go of past emotional states, you have to let the hips get unstuck.
The fifth chakra is one of the best-kept secrets for owning your authority and interacting authentically.
It turns out that when you are struggling with depression, hindsight is one of the ways your perception is limited.
Guilt is a horrible feeling. When we are little kids, before our moral compass kicks in, we have absolutely no sense of guilt or shame. We know we are not supposed to punch other k…
Growing up, we believed that doing well in school was the key to success. Good SAT scores and a high GPA will get you into a good college, which will lead to a good job and a successful future, right? Not necessarily.
A new study has identified exactly why we get so emotional when we have been burning the candle at both ends.
“Bravery is the suppression or masking of fear but sharing one’s fear makes more sense to me.”