When your emotions are managing you in a way they throw you off, we commonly fight back trying to block them out. That extra glass of wine -maybe a bottle- after a bad day at work? Binge eating, alcohol, drugs, gaming.... you name it. There is a full range of options out there to numb what you feel. To avoid what you feel. But unfortunately, shutting them (momentarily) doesn't make them go away. Instead of ignoring them, what about asking yourself,...how do you feel? Just notice, be aware. No need to react to it right away. Maybe the secret relies in not denying how you feel but in not identifying with what you feel. Emotions are biological suggestions, not undeniable truths to blindly rely on.  Emotions emerge as the result of that permanent never ending inner conversation we have with ourselves. We think we are what we think, what we feel. But we are not. As in the practice of meditation, it's not about stopping your thoughts, and consequently the emotions derived from that inner chatter, but just to change your relationship with them. Emotions want attention? Provide it to them. Sure, that's why they are so persistent and noisy. But after inviting them over for dinner, start questioning them. Put them on trial. It's about time not to be directed by your emotional patterns, but to wisely choose how you want to relate to them

When your emotions are managing you in a way they throw you off, we commonly fight back trying to block them out. That extra glass of wine -maybe a bottle- after a bad day at work? Binge eating, alcohol, drugs, gaming.... you name it. There is a full range of options out there to numb what you feel. To avoid what you feel. But unfortunately, shutting them

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