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Understanding Your Emotions

Do you ever feel like you’re jumping through hoops? Or that your life is on one big loop?

Like as hard as you try you find yourself back in the same frame of mind? Maybe you feel you keep making the same mistakes? Or maybe certain feelings you have are conflicting or confusing, and if you could just understand them then you could make better choices.

As we move through life, we begin to see the patterns in our thoughts and feelings. These patterns almost always come from things we need, like safety and security or a sense of belonging. One of the challenges we face is being able to express these thoughts and feelings. Many of us do not have the vocabulary, so we create a short hand. We say, “I am tired” when what we are really feeling boredom. We say we can’t relax when what we are really feeling is apprehension.

This session will challenge you to consider how emotional awareness and the ability to express our emotions are vital essential skills.


  • Learn how to use the Wheel of Emotion
  • Begin to Build an Emotions Vocabulary

Always Journaling

Take a few minutes with some pen and paper and get out of your head for a few minutes.

Describe how you were feeling or as we say, “What was moving in you” as you were breathing?

Each of you by now already knows that you have lots of emotions. We know angry, sad, happy, and surprised pretty well because we’ve seen those posters hanging on the walls of classrooms, in libraries, and in doctor’s offices and hospitals. Maybe we saw that one cool movie and learned about joy and disgust.

We are told that we are hardwired to react in a certain ways. Yet doesn’t is always feel like things are so much more complicated then just these six or eight feelings?

It’s our goal here to help you really figure out how your emotions show up in your body. How they are unique to you even though as human being we have similar feelings.

If you invest the time in working through these activities you will be able to better describe all of the emotional complexity you feel every day.

If you learn to do this you will be able to better communicate and give and receive feedback with confidence.

Watch these videos on identifying your emotions and then go HERE to begin your work for this activity.