When I first learned about the 3 emotion systems, I wished I’d know about it earlier. Having experienced several years of high stress and anxiety, I could see how this knowledge might have helped me navigate such a difficult period. Here’s a brief introduction to what these systems are, and why they are key to balancing stress.
Posts from the ‘Self-Kindness’ Category
It takes a massive amount of courage to accept feelings of loss and sadness, without trying to fix them - to open to them instead, fully feel them and let them transform you. At first I feared that turning towards these feelings would keep me stuck in them. But I discovered the opposite: it freed me to move forward, into something new and unknown.
It used to be easier to believe there was something wrong with me than to accept that being human comes with emotions that can be deeply uncomfortable. But when I discovered mindfulness, I began to broaden my emotional repertoire, and become fully human. I learned that I could cope with feelings of anxiety, sadness, shame... and open to much greater joy, beauty and gratitude.