You Are Not Your Thoughts or Emotions

“Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.” Eckhart Tolle


We often get caught up in what we are thinking, which drives how we feel. Then, we get caught up in how we are feeling, which drives more thoughts. By this point, it becomes a cycle of thoughts and feelings driving each other continuously. It can be hard to get out of this cycle for many of us.

Awareness, intention, and making conscious choices to experience something different play key roles in getting out of the cycle. Recognizing we are more than our thoughts and emotions is really important. By doing so, we can get out of victim mode or stop being actors in the drama and know the thoughts and feelings are just something we are experiencing in a particular moment.

With that in mind, we can make a different choice to experience something new and improved. At this point, and daily, it’s best for us to set an intention such as “I choose to be peaceful today.” Then, when we start to think and feel things, we can ask whether they align with our daily intention. If so, we can continue. If not, we are free in that moment to make a conscious choice to re-align with the intention to be peaceful.

It may seem challenging at first, but each of us will get the hang of it with practice. We can only control our own thoughts, feelings, words, and actions. We cannot control others or how they react to life. We need to remember that and stay focused on our own intentions. Besides this, it’s important to look at stressors in our lives. It’s good to identify major stressors as well as some that are ongoing and result in cumulative effects in our lives.

Recently, I kept looking within to identify stressors that continuously triggered me. I couldn’t get out of the cycle of stress for over a month. Then, I talked things over with a spiritual counselor and I realized I had been stressed about my lease ending in several months and the idea of moving in with my new love. In this case, it was helpful to have an outside perspective. By identifying this as something that had been causing a great amount of cumulative stress, I was able to get out of the cycle of stress.

This recognition and acknowledgement freed up my energy to focus on my intentions and make new, conscious choices beyond the stress. I can move beyond thoughts and emotions and let my divine consciousness unfold once again. I feel like myself again. For those of us who are highly sensitive or empathic, here’s one more thing to consider.

When there are situations around us that are stressful or people who are exhibiting signs of stress, we can say “I’m not taking this on, I’m just being present.” I started practicing this myself recently and have felt an incredible energetic shift. It truly helps me separate myself from others’ stress and prevents me from taking it on in my field or body. It has been very transformative for me.

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