Emotions are Energy in Motion

A number of years ago when I first started as a corporate trainer, I was sat with my boss over lunch and we were discussing emotions. How easy it was to get stuck in an emotion and let it shape your whole day. How it’s even easier when we felt like our emotions were something we had no control over. My boss knew and embraced my spiritual gifts and I often shared my perspective on things. In this conversation I spoke about how emotions are just energy in motion. If you really allow yourself to feel, totally embrace your emotion then you’ll realise that emotions are like waves. They wash over you initially with great power, then they subside. The secret as far as I’m concerned is noticing as it subsides and choosing something to focus on that is just a little bit warmer, a little bit more supportive. 

The trick for me was to be 100% honest about my emotion in that moment. It used to bother me when people who didn’t really care about how I felt would ask casually ‘How are you?’ as a morning statement as I walked into the office. Rather than be positive on the outside but feel like a fraud I’d say ‘I’ve been better but I’ll be okay, how are you?’ (and I’d only add the how are you? if I actually cared, often I didn’t, so instead I’d say something like ‘I hope you had a good weekend’). In my experience there are few things more important to my emotional health than being so honest with myself that I trust myself and this is one easy was to develop self trust.

So the most important things that I try to remember are:
1. Emotions are energy in motion (they move like waves)
2. Be 100% honest with yourself (you are developing self trust)
3. Notice the wave, the intensity and then as it subsides 

With those three things in mind you can then choose to shift your focus as the energy of the emotion subsides, allowing a new wave to gather power and eventually wash over you,x

6 thoughts on “Emotions are Energy in Motion

  1. So true! I think recognising your emotion and being honest about it is the first step. Once you can do that it’s a case of realising that any negative thoughts/energy can be turned into a positive. If you feel low, do things you enjoy and focus on things that make you happy and things that you are grateful for. If those around you are negative, surround yourself with positive people and know that others’ negativity can only drag you down if you allow it to. No one can be 100% happy all the time but, as you say, emotions come in waves. Once you recognise how they come and go, and you are able to be honest about how you are feeling, then you will find that your emotions aren’t something to fear and that they don’t have to drag you down or ruin your day. You have the power and control to determine what happens once the wave passes!

    • Absolutely true Helene! Sometimes the jump from depth of despair to positive can seem like a large step and that’s why I’m a great believer in choosing a thought or feeling that is just a little bit more supportive. It’s got to feel easy or in certain states people can feel overwhelmed.

      In a good state it’s easy to put these things into practice, in a challenging state, I think the most important things are to be honest with yourself so you can build self trust and then just be an observer to the power of emotional waves.

      There are great suggestions in your words!!
      Surround yourself with positive people (supportive people)
      Do things you enjoy – yes yes yes!!!

      I hear what you say about negative thoughts turning into positive ones, I tend to sit in the opinion that thoughts are just thoughts, positive or negative, supportive or unsupportive, they’re just thoughts. I think the pressure arrives when we believe we are our thoughts, which I definitely do not agree with. I believe we are the beautiful quiet being that can watch our thoughts and still know that thoughts are just impressions in our experience.

      Doing things that make us happy in my mind is much the same as eating food that nourishes our body, we can create impressions through our experiences that nourish our mind and as such our wellbeing.

      Thank you for your comment Helene, it’s also allowed me to elaborate more than I expected :) xx

  2. Very insightful post and also comments Fiona, thank you! I’ve slowly come to a deeper awareness of being able to watch my thoughts over the last several years. I think it’s a gift I had even as a child but I didn’t give it too much ‘thought’ (can’t think of a better word to describe it!). I find it so easy to merge with my thoughts and get stuck in them that’s it’s nice to step back into that quiet, calm place where I can be the observer. I love your writing – it helps me get back to that quiet place :) xKim

    • Ahh thanks Kim, that’s really wonderful to read. I haven’t been writing much recently and I’ve missed expressing myself. I love being that quiet observer,xx

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