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How your brain functions has everything to do with your emotional life and how you manage
it. In fact, your emotional health and well-being is one of the greatest assets you possess - more precious
than your financial bottom line, even.
How is this possible? Quite simply,
it's how your brain is designed. The center of your brain is called your limbic system, which is your
emotional brain. Absolutely every bit of information your brain processes - from your lower brain
centers up to the higher ones, and from the higher ones down to the lower - goes through and is processed by
your limbic or emotional brain before it goes anywhere else.
What this means is that your emotional brain
colors, or puts its mark on - every piece of information from anywhere and going anywhere inside your
skull. Therefore if your emotional brain
refuses to process certain information, or says 'no, you're not going anywhere' to some neural message, or
attaches importance far out of proportion to the actual message that came in, then that 'becomes law' before
you've even had a chance to become consciously aware of it.
Then, if that's not enough, those emotional
brain (or limbic brain) interpretations are channeled directly over to your hypothalamus, which then sends
its' marching orders to your pituitary, the master gland in charge of your whole endocrine system. In
turn, your endocrine system sends hormonal messages to any organs or systems or tissues to carry out the
directions that originated in your emotional brain.
So you can see how incredibly important your emotional brain is to all aspects of
your health - including your physical health and brain functioning. Unfortunately as an adult, you
may have been trained away from - negatively conditioned, even - from including your active, conscious
participation in your emotional life as a central, even essential, part of taking care of your health.
You weren't born that way, however. As an infant and child, your
emotional life was just part of what you dealt with moment-by-moment-by moment. You tended to
'emotional ouches' in each moment just like the physical ouches that are part of every child's
Instead, you might have had to unlearn that natural integration and
wall off your emotional life so it was at the very least separate from the rest of your self, and sometimes even
buried so it was totally disowned.
By the time whole cultures do this to children, it makes for a pretty dysfunctional
What is needed to turn this around is a map of how healthy emotional lives evolve.
This provides a way to understand what to do in each aspect of emotional life. Using this as a
guide, not only will you improve your own individual emotional health and well-being, you will
also have ways to support it in children, grandchildren, partners, friends, parents, co-workers etc. In
short, you are contributing to a better life for yourself, and for each individual with whom you come in
contact - everyong in the world in which you live.
With a map of the emotional territory of life, it's
straightforward to re-integrate your emotional life. It once again becomes a normal part of your life,
something you attend to every day, automatically, like you attend to needs for hunger, food, rest, companionship,
exercise. And you are removing one of the most potent negative influences on your brain function - emotional
Here's an overview of that map:
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September 29, 2011
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