Your Guidance System
Today’s thought has been shared countless times and in countless ways, but we find it necessary to remind you of the way your feelings can serve you. While you experience your human life, we see that you have a simple, yet complicated relationship with your feelings. On one hand, you wish to purge or resist the feelings you label as bad, while on the other hand, you have a passionate desire to cling to those feelings you label as good. Regardless of your desire, the result is the same; you block the natural flow of your emotions.
The natural state of all energy – whether it takes the form of light, electricity, thought, or emotion – is flowing. Your own language reflects this truth when you speak of light waves, electrical currents, or monkey minds. One place where you overlook the natural flow of energy is when you speak of emotion. There is no adjective you automatically use to describe the flowing state of emotion.
All emotions, regardless of the labels you attach to them, come, go, and then come again. You will never experience the same emotion in the exact same way as you did before, but that is the beauty of letting your emotions flow. There are infinite ways to experience the same emotion, and as you “let ‘em go and let ‘em flow,” you will discover that every experience is unique and better than the last one. This applies to every emotion you feel.
While there is a nuanced difference between feelings and emotions, for the purpose of this reminder we use the words jointly. Our reminder is this: Your emotions and feelings are your ultimate guidance system.
Your feelings and emotions not only guide you on your journey through this life, but they also serve as your indicator that you are misaligned. Just as a fever is a sign of a physical infection, or sneezing and a runny nose is an indicator of an allergy, feelings of anger, resentment, anxiety, depression, or any other feeling you would label as “bad” are indicators that you are not centered in your space of joy and that your thoughts are leading you down a path that causes great discomfort.
When you pay attention to how you feel, you will discover the stories you tell yourself. In that discovery, you have the power to tell a new story or start a new dialogue. You also have the choice to continue with your current story. We acknowledge that change – even change that serves you – can disrupt your human experience. Your physical brains are tasked with your physical survival, and familiarity and routine are the only ways your brains can feel safe.
If you choose to change your thoughts and start a new dialogue that serves you, you can do it in a way that maintains the sense of safety and security your human side craves so much. Simply pay attention to how you feel as you change your thoughts. If your new thoughts lead to emotions that feel better than the ones you had been feeling, continue expanding those thoughts until you reach the point where you experience clarity, peace, love, and joy.
You will make many course corrections on your journey. Thoughts that may have served you once may no longer serve you as you expand your awareness. That is why it is important to continuously pay attention to how you feel. When you listen to your emotions and let your feelings guide you, you will never go down the wrong path.
We end with the Fourth Principle of Joy: Every emotion you feel is an expression of the totality of your experience. Allow them to flow, and you will find the joy you seek.
Be at peace, friends.
About the Author
Appio Hunter is an author, speaker, spiritual guide, and self-described champion for living joyously. He is best known for his work facilitating conversations about the aspects of joyous living with groups around the world.
Appio is driven by a passion to show people how they can be authentic and experience community, connection, and alignment every day by applying the Tenets of Joy to their lives. He is also co-host of the Real Men Feel podcast along with his good friend Andy Grant.