This evening Noah had an extra special watermelon…
He was so delighted with it. It was firm and juicy and delicious. But the main reason for his delight was that my sister, Charlotte, bought it for him and she came round with it as a surprise.
Yesterday evening Charlotte thought she was being really kind and gave Noah half a watermelon that she had left over. Unfortunately when we got home and took the cling film off it had gone over and so I couldn’t let Noah have it. He was beside himself and cried for ages with disappointment.
By bedtime he had recovered and was happy again. It got me thinking about what a rollercoaster of emotions we go through every single day. The smallest of things can trigger a whole new emotion in us.
Children are great at showing their emotions. Sadness usually makes them cry. Happiness makes them grin or giggle. They don’t tend to hold back in displaying how they feel.
As grown ups we can go through life keeping our emotions to ourselves. Some of us even become capable of hiding our emotions from ourselves.
When we hide our emotions life becomes tough. We struggle in our minds to block out uncomfortable feelings, there are so many feelings that we try to avoid.
Mindfulness is all about getting to know your mind and learning to recognise thoughts and emotions as they come and go. This is such a healthy and positive approach to take. Once you acknowledge feelings and emotions they tend to move on and so you can move on too. If on the other hand you try to resist them and push them away they will come back to haunt you.
If you feel that you could do with a healthier way to address your emotions come on a Revitalise Session. You will be amazed at how often happy and pleasant emotions actually arise in your daily life. All you need to do is let the negative ones move on and notice the good ones more! Simple when you know how.