Wednesday, August 25, 2010

We Are Not Our Emotions - The difference between "I am" and "I feel"

Emotions are temporary, or transient. Just think about this day alone.  You may have felt happy, sad, disappointed, angry, confused, and so much more, all in the course of a single day.  With that in mind, it becomes clear that we are obviously NOT our emotions.

For example, so many of us say: "I am angry," which could translate to, "I am anger."
No you are not. You are you. Feelings and emotions that come through you are transitory states.

It would be more accurate to say, "I have anger," "I am experiencing anger," or "Anger is passing through me."  This way, we do not connect our identity and who we are at the core with some fleeting things that are not who we really are.

May you take comfort in knowing that this, too, shall pass.
May you take comfort in knowing that laughter will return....that tears are a part of the cycle...and that you have all the tools you need - right inside of you - to weather any emotional storm that may be passing through.

Debbie aka Sulio


  1. I like to think of emotions as waves that we can surf, or let wash over us -- that highs and lows are part of the experience of being human.

  2. Absolutely, Danine. This is a great analogy. Thank your your comment. :)


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