Emotions are not disruptions of an otherwise calm and reasonable experience.
Emotions are physical, not psychological. Scientists are understanding this now. Emotions act as a bridge between our bodies and minds.
Each of us is a psychosomatic network, but this doesn't mean that whatever we are experiencing in our bodies is not to be taken seriously — quite the contrary. Psychosomatic means that our bodies, minds, and emotions are intimately intertwined. As we alter the awareness of our emotions, we automatically alter our physical state. Managing our emotions is now considered a form of disease prevention. If we heal our emotions, we heal our bodies.
Scientist Candace Pert in her landmark book, Molecules of Emotion, says, "Mind doesn't dominate the body, it becomes the body — body and mind are one." So if we suppress our emotions, what happens then?
Feelings stir us. They are our inner barometers, our bioloically-given orientation system. Emotions provide us with our most basic communication network within, helping us connect the incidents, the relationships, and the experiences that make up our lives.
In truth, "real life" occurs only when we feel deeply. It happens when we allow ourselves the adventure of nurturing our feelings of pain and fear as well as our feelings of pleasure and joy. As we engage in this play of feelings, we move through a range of emotional experiences. Our controlling, logical structures fall away and a wondrous spontaneity arises from within, bringing real transformation and change.
Once we make a conscious decision to enter our body-mind's conversation, we can heal what we can feel, and this is good medicine.
Feeling is an art, a rare art. But it must be practiced.
For further reading, check out my book, "Emotional Yoga: How the Body Can Heal the Mind".