Learn to listen to your emotions. Day 11 in my series of blogs to celebrate #WorldPeaceDay.
Even our most challenging emotions are valuable and make a valid contribution to our health, our well-being and our personal development as unique autonomous personalities.
Take guilt for example, guilt is often seen as a bad guy but in reality, it is the extraordinary emotion that enables us to develop a conscience.
One of the biggest challenges that we as humanity currently face are the actions of people who lack any propensity for guilt. There is no concern, no empathy and no regard for the consequences of actions that hurt others.
Guilt is actually a foundational component of empathy. If we feel nothing when we hurt others then guilt is absent. We cannot empathise with another, or imagine how they might feel, if we have no connection to ‘Healthy Guilt.’
Anger is another example of an emotion that tends only to be seen in a negative light. At its worst it can fuel antagonism, retaliation, hatred and violence and yet when owned and channelled for the good it fuels passion, pride and assertiveness.
Get to know your emotions, even those that you consider to be negative. You can only be in charge of your emotional responses and channel them for the good if you get to know them, understand them and integrate them into your personality.
When you really understand the information that they bring you will find them to be friends and an ally on your journey.