The practice of honoring your emotions involves examining where your emotions are coming from and figuring out the best way to work through them, as opposed to merely suppressing them. It often includes paying attention to where your emotions are physically situated in your body and finding ways to release them if they are stuck. The idea is that no emotions are bad (even the unpleasant ones) as they all have something valuable to tell us, and if we listen to them, we can use that information to better understand ourselves and learn important lessons from it.
Can the mind heal the body? The Buddhist tradition says yes—and now many Western scientists are beginning to agree. These discussions between the Dalai Lama and this group of prominent physicians, psychologists, philosophers, and behaviorists could not be more timely.
Alzo Slade participates in an “Emotional Emancipation Circle,” an Afrocentric support group created by the Community Healing Network and the Association of Black Psychologists. It’s a safe space for Black people to share personal experiences with racism and to process racial trauma.
The desire to love and be loved and feel valued is universal. Seems easy enough, but for most people it is a constant, and often silent, struggle. Toxic emotions such as fear, resentment, guilt, and shame drain your energy, deflate the spirit, and make you feel stuck.
Emotional Intelligence refers to the ability to recognize, interpret and process emotions in yourself and others. While genetics, upbringing and environment all play a role, there are steps you can take to develop your emotional intelligence over time. Get to know yourself.