• Natalie Shuler L.Ac, MSOM www.yinyangwisdom.com

Thoughts and Emotions -Class 4

Thoughts & Emotions

Learn how thoughts and feelings become the “motion” part of E-motion and understanding the effects emotional movement has on our bodies, both good and bad, is a foundational step in meditation that allows for healthy ways of coping with stress, disappointment and anxiety.

We have 5 root feelings that circulate through our consciousness; emotion is how those feelings move, transform and affect the body. Emotion has both positive and negative effects. Positive affects are considered healthy and negative effects are indicative of pathology in the “movement” or “flow” of feelings. We’re going to call this “movement”, Qi.

Emotional responses are beneficial when moving in a healthy state of smoothness in nature, regardless if it’s joy, worry, sadness, fear, or anger. Its the maintenance of the that movement of “qi” that this class looks at, and the physical responses to Qi.

We’ll be doing experiments to find out how repression, blocking, and too much focus effects us as a whole.

We’ll also be taking a look at how our thoughts effect our emotions. Are emotions a by-product of thought or is how we think a result of how we’re feeling and what we’re sensing?

You’ll read a lot of material that says emotions are dictated by what we think. But there is a lot of research that points more to the opposite. That while we can deliberately change how we feel by changing our thinking; positive or negative thoughts are a direct result of our sensory input (from all 5 senses), wired through past experience, and reinforced through behavior and body responses.

We’re coming more to the understanding the our emotions, our thoughts and our behaviors all have direct effects on the others. The feelings we practice the most will be the strongest. The things we tell ourselves are the strongest, and our behaviors are a direct result of the thought and emotions, acting to reinforce or to build new sensory experience (aka new thoughts and emotions).

Ideas for Sensory Experiences you can create yourself:

  1. Belly Breathing

  2. walking in nature

  3. listening to music (note:sad music will create more sadness, etc)

  4. dancing

  5. singing

  6. stretching

  7. positive affirmations

  8. focusing on good feeling memories

  9. Acting (behaving) like your happy, calm, relaxed etc.

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed becomes habit; And habit hardens into character.

So watch the thought and its ways with care And let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings.” Buddha