Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor suffered a debilitating stroke and she talks about re-learning to “feel” positive emotion. She calls it her “stroke of insight,”
“One of the greatest lessons I learned was how to feel the physical component of emotion. Joy was a feeling in my body. Peace was a feeling in my body. I thought it was interesting that I could feel when a new emotion was triggered. I could feel new emotions flood through me and then release me. I had to learn new words to label these “feeling” experiences, and most remarkably, I learned that I had the power to choose whether to hook into a feeling and prolong its presence in my body, or just let it quickly flow right out of me.”
This is an astounding description of what we teach in our Emotional Gym, that you can create and choose what emotions you want to feel, you make them last, and you can intensify them, and, what is most important, you can teach yourself to do this and at any time during your life span.
Dr. Taylor could feel these experiences happening again in her body as she recovered and realized that they were there by her choice or not.
You can do the same except that you are fortunate enough that you haven’t needed a stroke to teach you that this is true.
Take one of 5 emotions and make each day of the week associate with an emotion.
Monday is peace, Tuesday is love, Wednesday is gratitude, Thursday is joy and Friday is hope. Your choice.
Then choose to feel those emotions all day long. You will be astounded at what you can create in your brain.
You will be even more astounded when you realize that you have the power to give a positive emotion the duration you choose, and that you can intensify that emotion by your choice and your practice.
The next time you feel joy, the promise here is that you can feel twice that amount of joy, if you will allow yourself to learn to go there.
The Dharmsala Monks are able to lower or raise their body temperatures by 15 or more degrees, “on-call” as a result of meditating. Think about the power of raising or dropping your own body temperature 15 degrees in the heat or the cold. It would be quite an energy savings over a year.
This is a startling example of our ability to direct and intensify “energy”. If we would increase the intensity of our feeling of love 15 degrees and direct it and measure its impact on a particular target “person” or target “situation” what we might find.
We are only beginning to understand the implications of what we can do with positive emotion.
But we know this, as surely as you can go to a negative emotion instantly and be “wounded”, and as long as you stay there nursing your wound, and as much as you can intensify the wound over time; so can you do that with positive emotion.
We can get to a positive emotion in an instant, we can stay there as long as we choose, and we can intensify it.
Admit it, you do it with negatives; this is the promise that you can do the same with positive emotions.
© Dr. William K. Larkin