1. an affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate, or the like, is experienced, as distinguished from cognitive and volitional states of consciousness.
  2. any of the feelings of joy, sorrow, fear, hate, love, etc.
  3. any strong agitation of the feelings actuated by experiencing love, hate, fear, etc., andusually accompanied by certain physiological changes, as increased heartbeat orrespiration, and often overt manifestation, as crying or shaking.
  4. an instance of this.
  5. something that causes such a reaction: the powerful emotion of a great symphony.

So many of us find it so hard on to grasp, comprehend exactly what it is we are feeling at any given moment. For some us it can be quite daunting however for the rest it seems quite normal.

Emotions can be the cause of many illness, they can have a physical effect of us, even make us do unquestionable things!

Repressing Emotions

If our emotions are not expressed as we feel them we can end up doing ourselves more harm than good. Here are just a few of the symptoms that can occur from repressing your emotions:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression without an apparent cause
  • Speaking of issues/interests rather than personal matters and feelings
  • Pretending something doesn’t matter when inside it does matter
  • Rarely talking about your feelings
  • Blowing up over minor incidents
  • Walking around with a knot in your stomach or tightness in your throat
  • Feeling your anger not at the time something happens but a few days later
  • In relationships, focusing discussions on children/ money rather than talking about yourselves
  • Difficulty talking about yourself
  • Troubled personal relationships with family, friends, acquaintances
  • A lack of ambition or motivation
  • Lethargic – who cares – attitude
  • Difficulty accepting yourself and others
  • Laughing on the outside while crying on the inside

Emotional Release

There is a number of ways we can release our emotions dependant on what they are of course:

  • Speaking the truth
  • Transmuting the emotions
  • Releasing resentments
  • Mediation
  • Shifting your perspective
  • Knowing your fears
  • Detaching yourself from the emotions
  • Accepting responsibility for your emotions

Even sitting here writing this has many emotions incessantly cultivating through my veins!