Welcome to a new day! Today we tackle our emotions and how to stay centered and balanced. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to balance our emotions and the drama of our lives. Not only do we have to deal with how we feel on a minute by minute basis, but we also have people shoving their feelings in our faces and asking us to join their personal dramas. For people who are highly empathic this is a greater challenge in keeping their lives balanced emotionally.
So how do you go about being centered emotionally? When I recognized this as a problem for myself I spent some time meditating and turning inward analyzing everything I was feeling. I would ask myself, “Is this me or not?” This is a good question, sometimes you can pick up the feelings of people around you. When I was initially doing this the last US presidential election was going on and it seemed that everyone was angry or fearful. I was finding that I would be angry without a reason or would experience a moment of fright. So, knowing what is you and what is other is important to balancing our emotions.
Another emotion that is hard to balance is love. Now there are many kinds of love – unconditional, infatuation/lust, and brotherly love. This is why people become distracted, regular commitments take a back seat to the immediate, and focus deteriorates. When you find your heart leading your head this is a red flag to take a step back for a moment and analyse the feeling. But more important. Understand the difference between the kinds of love and maybe take a break from the relationship to decide what you are really feeling before you get trapped in something you really don’t want.
The meditation Scripture I want to invite you to dwell on today is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (NIV) This describes unconditional/agape/real love. The kind we all really crave. Keep in mind many people can imitate this kind of love but it can never last unless it becomes their actual lifestyle. This is why it is so important to know this kind of love intimately so you don’t get trapped by something else.