Do you get really frustrated in traffic? Do you get easily annoyed with people? Are you frequently judging the words and actions of others? Are you overwhelmed with all the negative information that you’re bombarded with every day?
Feeling frustrated, annoyed and overwhelmed are are all energy- draining or energy-depleting emotions.
In last week’s blog, resilience was described as being like a battery that can either have its energy drained or be recharged. Such negative emotions deplete, while positive emotions, such as gratitude, compassion, appreciation and care, renew or recharge.
Many years ago, I watched a video recording from Caroline Myss, an author and speaker in fields such as consciousness, spirituality, health and energy medicine. She described the range of emotions as an emotional bank account. Her message really stuck with me.
She talked about having $100 worth of emotional energy. If you spend $50 ruminating about the past, about your childhood and about your failed first marriage and another $40 fearing the future, you are left with just $10 for your day-to-day activities, such as balancing work, home, children, finances, traffic and so on. That doesn’t give you much if you suddenly have an emotional emergency. Where are your reserves to draw on when a sudden, unexpected upset or challenge in life occurs?
She went on to describe how, every time you have a negative emotion, you’re making a withdrawal from your emotional account. But every time you have a positive emotion, you’re adding to it. So, the more positive emotions you have over time, the more is left in the account when you have to make unexpected withdrawals.
Ms. Myss, along with Dr. Norm Shealy, a neurosurgeon and expert in pain management, developed a theory about the relationship of spiritual, psychological and emotional factors with health or illness.
Their general concept was that unresolved spiritual, psychological or emotional factors affect the flow of energy in the chakras and, over time, may result in a weakening of the system and, eventually, physical illness. Conversely, balance and harmony within ourselves promote a natural state of health.
In short, “our biography becomes our biology,” says Ms. Myss.
Well-known U.S. cell biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton believes that emotions affect our health right down to a cellular level. He talks about self-biology and how our emotions, such as love and fear, cause different neuro-chemical releases — with positive ones from positive emotions, and negative ones from negative emotions.
Becoming aware of our emotions, and letting go of negative ones, are important steps in our journey to health and happiness, and a more resilient life.