Bringing attention to our emotions is something we do daily. Sometimes these emotions are ones that we enjoy, like happiness or love, and other times they are the ones we try to avoid, like anger or sadness. As we begin to practice mindfulness, feelings like compassion, care, kindness, and love occur more frequently while anger and worry fade out. As previously stated in the body scan section, it is important to experience all feelings and not avoid them. By addressing our emotions head on it allows us time to explore where we feel these emotions in our body and how we can work to change our experiences with them. Another option is to create space between strong emotions and the reactions that follow, which allows time for you to assess how you will respond to the situation that caused the emotion and not just react.
Many times we tend to focus on only the negative emotions and this can add to the strain we already put on our bodies and minds. Emotions affect our experience of life immensely and by working through these feelings we can better understand ourselves. This guided exercise aims to help pin point where in our bodies we feel emotions. For instance, your shoulders might tense up when you’re stressed or anxious. By understanding where in your body you hold certain emotions you will be able to better relieve yourself from negative ones but also acknowledge the positive more often. Mindfulness also allows us to have a better internal experience with emotions while teaching us how to appropriately express emotions externally.