Thoughts create your emotional experience. Whatever you think produces a physiological as well as an emotional response. Thought creates form. Whatever you think you become. Thoughts and emotions are not powerful in and of themselves but become so when you invest them with identification. You cannot have a single thought or emotion that does not effect your entire being.
Emotions are the energetic impression of your thoughts. You are not your emotions. Emotions are a transient phenomenon that arises as a byproduct of your thinking process. There is a direct correlation between their duration and your willingness to empower them. By identifying yourself with your emotional condition you authorize and surrender your authority and self control. This is why extreme emotional responses lead to feelings of helpless and paralysis. Whatever you identify with you become energetically bound to.
Experiment with this by observing how your state of mind effects your emotional experience. Begin by thinking of something that is sorrowful or distressing. Allow yourself to completely identify with what your thinking. What arises in the body, how do you respond emotionally? What happens to the breath, to your heart rate? Just notice with your “witnessing consciousness.” Now let it go. Now think of something that is joyful or pleasing. Once again focus all of your awareness and intention on that thought. What sensations emerge, how does your body feel? How has the breath changed?
Be aware of the direct relationship of the mind and the emotions. By simply observing your thoughts without attachment you can reside in the spaciousness of equanimity. The next time you find yourself in an emotional state bring your awareness to the condition and become the “observer.” Watch with detachment and non-judgement. Stay connected to your breath and stay absolutely present to the experience. This practice will allow you to begin to discern the real from the unreal. The transient from the eternal.