December 5th: Feelings

December 5th

Sometimes I let my feelings control me and suddenly, I am overwhelmed with emotion and off balance.

It can be as easy as someone sending me an email saying, “Hey, can I chat with you for a minute? I need to talk to you about something” and the next thing I know, my stomach is turning, I’m running through a mental list of what I may have done to upset this person, and I’m focused on what might happen next instead of staying in the moment.

I have a bad habit of creating a story, running a thread, allowing my feelings to take over before I even know the facts.

When I find myself overwhelmed with emotion I have learned it is best to step back… to curb the feelings… until I do know what’s really going on.

Worrying, fretting about something that might happen in the future, is not going to help me solve the problem… if there even is a problem.

I must learn to quiet my mind and find focus in the moment.

The more I practice not letting my feelings gain control of me, the better I become at keeping a quiet mind.

Emotional turmoil will not help me walk my spiritual path.

Emotional turmoil will drive me off balance and create chaos.

Feelings are not facts.

I must learn to calm my feelings and wait for the facts so that I can logically approach each situation and then choose to “act” instead of “react.”

“Dear God, help me to stay calm when feelings overwhelm me. Help me to make my decisions with a clear mind, a calm head, and a loving heart.”

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2 thoughts on “December 5th: Feelings

  1. I can’t believe the timing of this post. I’ve been on a very steady track recently, but it derailed a few days ago and being able to sleep at night has been a challenge. Triggers, feelings … for example, one call from a family member that “I heard something interesting; I need to call you back and talk to you”. Sounds crazy but it set me off with worry, speculation and raw emotions. I have no business going back to the past, but sometimes I feel pulled in. Had to go take a long walk today and have a talk with myself! You are so right — find balance, find the present moment, and remember that you can’t allow yourself to believe all those “theories” when your mind wanders.

  2. There is always a story behind everything. I’m amazed at the stories I fabricate, which I’ll realize later aren’t even close to reality. But when I analyze feelings and discover the story behind them, it’s a great way to reframe my thinking. I’m really glad you shared this.

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