Q: I've come to realize that I'm such an emotional person! My friends have always said that I am a moody person. I feel lately like I am on a roller-coaster, up and down and all around! What to do with all these emotions driving me crazy?
A: Whether from a psychological or mystical perspective, emotions are part of the human experience. The extent to which you aware of them and how you choose to interact and identify with them is something that comes with practice.
From a psychological perspective, there are many ways to "manage" your emotions. Since thoughts and emotions often occur together (they are associated with one another), being aware of your negative thinking and self-talk is a good starting point. Pay attention to how you are feeling. Emotions lead us to feeling stressed out, however there are a variety of coping mechanisms that you can use, such as deep breathing, distraction, relaxation, yoga, laughter and humor. You can read more about stress busting methods HERE and HERE.
From a more esoteric and deeper level, we can understand that we are not our emotions. Emotions are like fluffy clouds in the sky; they come and go, and we can enjoy the show and watch them as they make an appearance and exit the stage. No one emotion can last forever and if you bring your awareness to any one particular emotion, you will notice that it only has so much "juice" before it falls away.
Knowing that emotions come and go is a mighty powerful tool because it means that whatever you are experiencing at any given moment will not and can not last.
Being an "emotional person" simply means that you are allowing yourself to be identified with your emotions instead of being the center of the cyclone. Using a meditation technique like Vipassana or the Hollow Bamboo technique can be helpful to you in creating a distance between your emotions and your "witnessing" self. You can read more about Vipassana meditation and the different methods of the meditation HERE.
To smooth-sailing days ahead,
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