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 Your “Lower Brain” Speaks Emotion. Your “lower brain” refers to your guts and your limbs. And they only speak “touch” and “feel”: sensations and the movements that go with the sensations. Your guts and limbs have vast amounts of information to share with you, but they don’t have words to tell you what’s going on. You have to help them out by paying attention and then translating into words for them as the sensations come.What you need is not only to pay attention to the sensations and and their movements, but also to know what their meaning is. The word “emotion” is actually an affirmation of this. In the original Latin, “e” means “from”, and “motion” comes from the Latin word “movare” meaning “to move”. Emotion is “from movement”. That being the case, consider that there is a unique motion that goes with every emotion. In fact, emotions ARE movement. These movements go right down to the cellular level: even individual cells can break open (in pain), shrink (in helplessness), or startle (in surprise).DR SHARON SAYS: Every sensation has both physical and psychological meaning.  EXERCISE: Think of how a bitter taste is a bitter emotional experience as well, no matter how fleeting. And how if you’re in an emotional slump, how it’s harder to maintain upright (non-slumping) posture. And how the word “pressure” for the stress of life’s events is very much also a physical term. Try to think of other words that link your emotions with physical sensations. 


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