Today I was reading an article from the “Grapevine” that talked about emotional sobriety. One of the greatest gifts that I have received is the gift of emotional balance. The majority of the time I am “undisturbed” by what’s going on around me and by my inner dialogue. I have let go of many attachments to how things “should” be, or how I “want” them to be. I try to foster an awareness of what is happening, not what I think should be happening. This type of thinking and awareness creates equanimity and balance with my spirit. When I am challenged by my internal dialogue, which usually manifests in feelings of fear; I ask myself – is what I’m thinking, feeling, afraid of, true, based on my own experience? If I don’t know the answer, then I investigate further. I also choose where I want to put my emotional energy each day. Do I want to entertain negative self-talk and get wrapped up in stories, or do I want to put my energy into what is happening right now, without commentary. Awareness and mindfulness of what is going on internally doesn’t mean that I ignore unpleasant thoughts or feelings…it means that I notice them and am aware of them…but I don’t give them the energy to blow up. Life is too short to spend time wrapped up in negativity. I want to live in the solution. That is the gift of emotional sobriety.
Ruminations and Cogitations February 28, 2012
1 : to go over in the mind; repeatedly and often casually or slowly
2 : to chew repeatedly for an extended period
1 : to ponder or meditate on; usually intently
2 : to meditate deeply or intently
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