Ever get caught up in the heat of the moment, do something rash and then regret it later? Who hasn’t? Dierks Bentley, one of my favorite country singers, has a cute song that goes “I knew what I was feeling, but what was I thinking?”
Emotions and feelings cause us to do the most stupid things sometimes. One of the strongest emotions is anger, and we have recently seen what pent-up anger can provoke one to do as evidenced by the Newtown killings and the recent Boston Marathon bombing. Emotions and feelings, as I mentioned in last week’s post, need to be expressed, preferably in a positive and constructive way. Not unlike a volcanic eruption, unexpressed feelings can result in disastrous consequences and then after the fact we wonder “What was I thinking?”
The answer is we weren’t thinking at all. What happens is that the two sides of the brain compete for control. The left hemisphere controls logical, analytical, rational thinking. The right side controls our creativity, intuition, and expression of emotions. When our emotions take over, our rational logic thinking goes out the window. An example is when we fall in love, those gooey butterflies make us completely blind to the reality of the other person.
When our thoughts take over, our emotions are greatly affected. As psychologist James Allen says in his book, “As a Man Thinketh”, our thoughts control our not only our destiny but our bodies and feelings as well. If we start thinking negative thoughts, we will soon feel depressed, anxious and down. Try smiling, and see what it does to your mood. See what I mean?
So, there are a few things I’ve discovered I can do to maintain our equilibrium and stay in control of my actions and I thought I’d share them with you today.
1) Train up my thought life – refuse to dwell on negative or fearful thoughts
2) Feed my mind with healthy positive thoughts, books, music, etc.
3) Journal my thoughts and feelings on a daily basis
4) Practice speaking and listening to God, otherwise known as prayer and meditation.
5) Ask for God’s help – You can call him the Universe, the Creator, the Source or whatever, but I know his name is God and his power is called Faith.
The more we understand about the connection between our thoughts and our feelings, the better we will be able to control both and the stronger our spiritual muscle will become. What do you think about these ideas? Can you recall a situation where your emotions got the better of you? Feel free to comment on this post and share your thoughts.
Until next time, look out for my next video, and remember, keep looking up!