The ability to experience emotions is what makes each of our lives unique and wonderful. The highest of purest joy to the depths of grieving and sorrow. Emotions are what give us reason and purpose to our everyday actions.
Every emotion creates a different feeling and reaction within our bodies based on the chemicals that are released with that emotion. Each of those chemicals work to create a different environment.
Your brain releases dopamine, oxytocin or serotonin to feel happy but cortisol under stress. These sensations are completely different from one another.
What about our thoughts, not just our experiences? Can emotionally charged thoughts illicit the same chemical responses?
All or Nothing
Is this an all or nothing game? Are all emotions either positive or negative? All situations that have an impact on our lives and emotions are viewed through our own personal lens. That lens will control how you react to any situation. So any human experience is never inherently good or inherently negative. Our view of the world shapes our perception of of the human experience.
Much like a driver that gets cut off might either lay on the horn and yell obscenities at the other driver, the next person may just tap the breaks and act like nothing happened.
Do you think each of these people will experience a different chemical reaction in their body?
Divide Perception From Reality
Our very existence leads to our perception, therefore we must try to move into a state of mindful-consciousness where we identify situations as they are without the lens shifting to lens of our perceptions.
Only once we do this can we analyze situations without creating an emotional, chemical trigger when processing them.
The mind-body connection is well known. When we understand that the mind controls the emotions, it is logical that emotions affect the body. While the connections can not be seen the effects on your body are very real.
Much of this is a self-fulfilling prophecy, being positive creates more positive and shields more negative. While being negative perpetuates negative and leads to a downward spiral.
Our emotions create a cellular memory. Have you ever thought of a particularly stressful situation then suddenly felt the rush of energy just like you were living it again? That is cellular memory and creating more positive reactions leads to benefits for years to come.
Connecting to the Body
Pain, tightness, and injuries are often related to an emotion that is manifesting. Emotional pain is usually associated with long-term stressors that we tried to avoid and hide. All of the physical therapy and orthopedic treatment in the world will not fix what must be addressed with your unconscious thought patterns. Next time part of your physical being feels less than perfect, trying observing your emotions and reactions to your everyday situations.
Your Power to Control
Avoid labeling situations as positive or negative as it relates to your existence, rather try making them matter of fact with no lens or preconception associated with them. Take the big picture approach and ask: How can I learn something from this? Once you can experience life in this way, you will find that you will be much better at processing emotions and the physical ramifications of them.