Few of us can resist the temptation of a buffet. Just the thought of colourful salads, trays of rolled up cold cuts in swirly designs, casseroles made with ingredients from around the world, is more than enough to get the salivary glands going! I looooove having the choice and freedom to select dishes my taste buds crave…even if my thickening pre-menopausal waist subliminally reminds me that certain limits might be advisable. Yikes!
When I think of human emotions, I see a couple of parallels with food. Maybe that’s just the foodie in me manifesting where it can (I was a licensed dietitian in my other work life). First, I see individual emotions like individual food items. Negative emotions are the sugar-saturated, fat-laden, super salty food items which often appease momentary compulsions, or needs, but they’re not what you want on your plate at every meal. The same goes for anger, worry, guilt, boredom and most other low vibration emotions.
Naturally, positive emotions are the equivalent of the lean, wholesome, non-processed foods which make your body feel vital and light in the moment you ingest them and sustain longevity when you consume them regularly throughout life. The same is true when we feel hope, enthusiasm, confidence, joy, love, harmony, curiosity, passion and all the high vibration emotions.
Secondly, the other analogy I like to draw between emotions and food is captured in the motto, “Almost everything in moderation is good!” Just as it would be very unlikely and booooring that you or I would go through life without succumbing to triple chocolate and raspberry cheesecake at some point, it’s equally unlikely that you or I will go through life without ever sinking our teeth in a succulent piece of mango. Emotionally, this could be the equivalent of giving into shame in a particular instance and knowing joy at another.
What I’m trying to get at with this chunky metaphor is that the whole gamut of emotions from despair to bliss exists to provide a rich experience with the necessary variety to help us decide what we prefer and what feels best for us. Until we feel the difference between the consequences of negative emotions and the effects of positive emotions on our overall wellbeing, we really don’t know which is the better choice.
Having had the opportunity to feel the heaviness of low vibration emotions, just as I’m sure you have, and to feel the contrasting weightlessness of high vibration emotions, I’ve realized how important it is that I develop an appreciation for the whole range of emotions in the same way I appreciate everything in a buffet. Some are meant to be sampled in small portions (i.e. grief, discouragement, resentment, etc.), while others can be savoured without restraint (i.e. gratitude, hope, faith, etc.). The best part of the deal is – check out The Secret About Emotions – we always get to choose the ones we want more of.
Bon appétit et bonne vie!