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Feelings and Emotions: What’s the Difference?

I went to the Pathways Expo this past weekend in Fairfax, VA and I am so glad I went! Learned alot of things for myself and things also to share with you, the reader, on this blog.

I think one of the most valuable pieces of advice I took away from the Expo was the difference between feelings and emotions. Who knew! I had no idea there was a difference and am guilty of having used them interchangeably.

After attending the Expo, I looked up the dictionary’s definition of each and this is what I found:

Feelings: A consciousness or vague awareness

Emotion: any strong agitation of the feelings actuated by experiencing love, hate, fear, etc., and usually accompanied by certain physiological changes, as increased heartbeat or respiration, and often overt manifestation, as crying or shaking.

WOW! Even the dictionary defines them differently. So what does this mean? This means ladies and gents, we are and can be in control of our emotions. Yes, I said it. We can.

Let’s run through a scenario so I can give you a description of how this goes down. Say you are in an argument with your mate/partner/love and you find yourself getting angry. STOP yourself because you are now in the field of emotion. Stop and think, “What was the feeling I was experiencing within myself before it turned to anger?” Usually you will find a deeper cause, maybe linked to fear or insecurity. In the end, I find it always comes back to myself and my issues that I have to work on and generally has nothing to do with that person standing in front of me.

Remember, emotion is spelt with “MOTION” in the name. This means to me that if we do not acknowledge and understand the FEELING, then it will propel with motion into EMOTION. Got it? 🙂

Hope this helps in your personal situations and can clear up some things for you. If not, I welcome your comments and together we can work through it step by step.

Until next time, Have a Namaste!

in love and light,
~Uma~

Posted on: September 28th, 2012 No Comments