Improving Emotional Agility

  1. Bring self-compassion in your experience, by practising resilience, honesty and self-motivation.
  2. Trusting yourself and your natural emotions instead of condemning them. You need to be kind to yourself.
  3. Imagining what your mentor, or the wisest person you know, or your idol would do in your(difficult) situation, and see how the response is different.
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  • We need to be compassionate and kind with the way we handle our difficult emotions, starting with accepting them.
  • We then need to be curious and mindful about the emotion, asking ourselves if this emotion is owning us or we are in command.
  • We need to be courageous with our self-understanding so that we can move forward in the direction of our values.
Emotional Agility

Emotional agility is the capacity to be healthy with our thoughts, emotions and our being.

Our emotions need a level of gentle acceptance and compassion, as they are not good or bad by themselves. Self-hustling ourselves and trying to bring out only positive emotions does not work, because when we suppress certain emotions, they get amplified or show themselves in some other form.

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Susan David

“Being positive has become a new form of moral correctness.”

False positivity

We are caught up in a rigid culture that values positivity.

However, when we put aside our difficult emotions in order to embrace dishonest positivity, we fail to discover skills that can help us to deal with our problems.

A Zen Parable
There was a man riding on a horse. When a man walking on the road asks him where he is going, the rider replies, “Why are you asking me? You should ask the horse.”

The horse represents our emotional lives. We let the 'horse' take us to where it wants it to take us, especially if we feel afraid, nervous, etc. But little did we know that we have control. You begin to have influence on your horse once you master your emotions.

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