What is an emotion? Experiencing the spectrum of the emotional states is human nature. Emotions can be described as different qualities or states of “energy in motion” (or e-motion) expressing themselves through the context of your inner and outer worlds. This experience is comparable to internal “weather” patterns that are responsive or reactive to internal or external stimuli. Our individual relationship to our personal emotional experience is subjective and heavily influenced by our conditioned and learned behavior, but every human being possesses the same emotional states of energy within them that share common qualities.
Can you experience more than one emotion at a time? You can only experience one emotional state at a time. Even though these fluid states of energy are in constant motion and can change quickly, be aware of each movement, paying attention to each emotion expressing itself like an individual note in a greater composition. That brings awareness to what individual emotions constitute what many describe as your mood. (A more general experience of our emotional state during a certain period of time).
What is the difference between an “emotion” and a “feeling”? It is commonplace for the expression “feeling” to be used interchangeably with the word “emotion”. The term emotion is very specific and does not relate to other experiences in which the word “feeling” is often associated with. To create clear intent and language associated with that intent, the word emotion is used when referring to those shifting states of energy within you (e- motion or energy in motion). Though the word “feeling” can still and often does refer to your emotional state, in the context of the Emotional Awareness app, the term “feeling” is used more in reference to visceral or physical sensations.
What if I cannot identify what emotion I am experiencing? The Check In screen is designed with an additional screen of various words for different emotions so that you can identify which choice best describes what you are feeling. Click on the name for the emotion you think best describes what you are feeling, and see if a word in the pop-up provides a better description. This means this is the emotion you should select! If you don’t see a word there that describes what you are experiencing, then select another until you find what you feel is the best match.
In the beginning it may be difficult to determine what emotion you are experiencing. Do your best and do not get frustrated. The Emotional Awareness app and The Awareness U™ Project were specifically developed for this reason– to assist you in this process. It may also help you to browse through the Your Emotions menu option to read the definitions and the words associated to each specific emotional category to familiarize yourself with the language. As you continue checking in with your emotional state, it will get easier and you will eventually change your relationship to that aspect of you. This is an amazing tool to assist you on your personal journey into deeper awareness.
Now that I am more aware of my emotional patterns, what should I do with this information? Through the course of using the Emotional Awareness app, and specifically the APP MAPS feature, you will develop greater insight into your emotional responses and patterns. This app is a tool to develop that awareness. Due to the individual nature of every person’s experience and expression of their emotions, the app is not designed to give specific personal guidance on addressing these new insights. You may also choose to review your APP MAPS with a coach, trainer or counselor who can help to interpret the information and provide personal guidance.
How can I deepen my experience in understanding my emotions? For additional guidance, go to the website at www.Awareness-U.com for a host of services and tools specifically designed to assist your journey into emotional awareness. You may also choose to share and review your APP MAPS with a coach, trainer or counselor who can help to interpret the information and provide personal guidance.