March 2019

Emotional Awareness

How aware are we of our emotions? It sounds like a simple question, but emotions aren’t always easy to identify. Emotions are how we respond to our thoughts and feelings, such as fear, anger, joy, sadness. They’re at the heart of our behavior and form the basis of what we feel most of the time. Emotional awareness is all about observing our feelings and noticing how we respond to situations and circumstances. Often times we’re unaware of how stress or negativity can build up to where our reactions become overwhelming. Yet, when we’re aware of our emotional triggers, we can then make positive choices with our words, actions, and attitude.

Emotional awareness can also provide us with the skills we need to interact successfully with everyone around us. The more aware we are of our own emotions, the easier it becomes to be aware of the feelings of others. Learning to be empathetic is a key aspect in social interactions because it helps us recognize the perspectives, needs, and emotions of others. When we know and understand what others are feeling, we can become a better friend and have more meaningful relationships, gain greater wisdom, and experience more joy and fulfillment in life.

"He who lives in harmony with himself
lives in harmony with the world."

Marcus Aurelius

The Season of Spring

Spring begins on the vernal equinox and is traditionally seen as a time of new growth and renewal. In many cultures, the season of spring is related to the direction of east where the sun rises and is the beginning of a new day. Spring is the season where seeds take root and plants come to life after the dormancy of winter. Animals are greatly affected in spring as they come out of their winter hibernation or return from the warmer climates of the south.

The season of spring is an ideal time for rejuvenating our overall health and well-being. Just as the trees and shrubs start budding with the onset of spring, we too begin to stir as our energy awakens. The change from winter to spring is also symbolic for the start of new projects or the creation of new ideas. In a way, the quiet and reflective time of winter needs to happen first before the new growth of spring (or our new endeavors) can begin to sprout.


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