WHEN OUR NEEDS AND VALUES ARE SUFFUSED WITH A STRONG EMOTIONAL CONVICTION, WE GAIN THE FORTITUDE TO STAND UP FOR WHAT WE FEEL IS RIGHT.
Being frozen by indecision when a quick response was crucial and blurting out words that you regretted but couldn’t take back are situations that could be transcended with active emotional awareness. Our rapid emotional feedback: increasing heart rate that was normal a second ago, flushed skin under a normal room temperature, squeezing in the chest below the heart, stiffening neck, cramp in the left calf and so forth, all help us to act appropriately in the moment and strengthen the emotional conviction in our values and needs.
Nervousness often begins as a strange sensation, like the twang of a plucked guitar string, right above the navel. It frequently makes us to jump in and do the wrong thing. Being aware of this strange sensation encourages us to do nothing at all until we arrive at a constructive decision that sticks up for energizing feelings of clarity and benevolence towards oneself and others.
Succumbing to the pressure of offering an opinion about an issue, even when we don’t feel any emotional conviction about the opinion, often makes us feel fuzzy-headed and tired. It is wise to let ourselves be silent and still when active emotional awareness draws our attention to this disempowering feeling and discourages us from filling gaps with uninformed words and actions. Thus, we should continue to hold our peace until we discover an alternative course of action that leaves us feeling energetic, mentally clear and benevolent.
If you are consistently experiencing declining energy levels after closing hours of work, it may be time for you to examine your feelings about your home life through the sensations your body is offering you in the moment and do something about any problem before it is too late.
The emotional feedback of fatigue frequently signals us to take a break.
When our needs and values are suffused with a strong emotional conviction, we gain the fortitude to stand up for what we feel is right.