DISCOVER THE LOGIC OF CONNECTION AND EMOTION
THOUGHT, EXPRESSION AND EXPERIENCE.
MOVING BEYOND MEANING TO DEFINITION.
MOVING BEYOND MEANING TO DEFINITION.
Emotions are the elements of our experience. Elemental Emotion Identification is a structured approach to teaching connection and emotional identification so that we can experience the expression of who we are accurately, appropriately, and authentically.
An Elemid is a particle of experience that provides the elements of creation. What are we creating? Connection. These moments can be so brief that they only allow the space for us to wonder. So we search for it, that moment that we will discover the experience of the expression of what we value.
As most of us live now, we feel our emotions and express our thoughts, leaving us defending our thoughts while not expressing our emotions. By learning to express our emotions and feel our thoughts, we can begin to respond more than we react, giving us the control we have been searching for.
Connection is all around us. How do we see it?
By taking a fundamental approach to emotions, using the connective, motivating, and expressive qualities as information, we can learn how we create compounds of experience as we seek connection. It is easy to get lost in the details on the path to connection.
Connection is the gift that occurs once we have defined pieces enough to discover what they become when put together.
Aristotle wrote the whole is more than the sum of its parts. We become the product of what we do with our experience.
Yes, this is complex and simple. These ideas are thousands of years old while being contemporary. Aristotelian in concept, Gestalt is organization and Socratic in its approach. It is cognitive, theoretical, and logical. The philosophy, psychology, and psychiatry of connection. Medicine, science, and theory. The goal is to organize and define what we have in common in the way we create and express the experiences that define who we are.
We define every element of our lives, what we believe politically, spiritually, romantically, and geographically. What we do, what we prefer to eat, and where we choose to go are all defined. Yet, we hesitate to define the essential elements of who we are. How we define ourselves and how we connect - also known as thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
How are we to arrive at the experience of our creation without a clearly delineated path?
We often get lost in our feelings while not being able to define our emotions.
Many researchers, philosophers, and therapists have been defining emotions for millennia. The understanding that thoughts and emotions are distinctly different is typically not questioned. However, the exact definition of emotions varies from being purely biological to being a cognitive construct.
For some, the differentiation between feelings and emotions is, at its worst arbitrary and, at its best, semantics. But a clear definition of the parameters by which we define the terms we are using becomes fundamental in our ability to accurately and clearly communicate who we are.
Many have asked the question - Is my life happening to me or am I creating it? The answer is you choose.
As most of us live now, we feel our emotions and express our thoughts, which leaves us reactive, defending our thoughts while not expressing our emotions.
By learning to feel our thoughts and experience the emotions that we express, we can respond more than we react. Our life becomes an opportunity with a choice rather than obligation with consequences.
When our life is experienced as an emotional reaction, we feel out of control. When we direct our life from a place of awareness, intention, and knowing, we are able to respond.
What does this mean and why does it matter?
As we begin to move beyond simple recognition, meaning, and description, we move from understanding to knowing. From communicating to connecting. From reacting to responding. From simply existing to evolving.
We can only have in the moment of now, and life is the occasion for change.
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