ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel


Updated on March 22, 2010
Bridging your emotional life
Bridging your emotional life


Have you ever felt like no one understands you, or your needs? Do you feel like you are not being nurtured, not seen? Do you believe people should sense what you need or what needs to be done without asking them to help you? We all do.  Many of us nurture ourselves by overeating, overspending, over medicating ourselves, when all we really want is emotional nurturance. But others are not aware of their own needs and to expect them to know when we need nurturing is difficult.

Emotional schemas are patterns we all have from childhood that are difficult to change because they have become a habit for us, a coping mechanism we have developed as children. We end up many times repeating the same schemas over and over again even though the prior results caused us pain and the new result will most likely do the same.

Schemas revolve around compelling needs, like safety, connections with others, autonomy and competence and lead us to think and act in ways that keep those needs form being fulfilled.

For instance, we say we want love in our lives, but when love appears, we are so surprised to have found it, or we cannot believe someone would love us, so we sabotage the very thing we seek, by running from it. Success is another thing we say we want and yet there are many people who truly fear success and all the things it may do to change our lives.

We at times believe we would like our world to change, and yet with change we suffer from discomfort. Things no longer feel the way they had before, there is much more safety in the known world, than the unknown one. We sense things are moving too fast and we start to believe we are not worthy on some level. We either leave the situation, or we find ways to find fault with it and create a rift with the other. We blame others for the problem. If we really are in a repeating pattern, we hope they do the leaving, so we can be the "good guy" then we lament our fate. Fear of commitment rules our life and we cannot see our own part we created in the situation.

I read Tara Goleman's book: Emotional Alchemy in 2001 and so did my family. I recommend it highly to everyone!  All of us agreed it was the most difficult self help book we ever read and the one that affected us the most to change our way of dealing with issues in our lives instilled from past conditioning..

If we only see things through the lens of our assumptions, we are not aware of how the lens distorts the reality of our experience. We need to see things more as they ARE and not as we think they are, or appear to be. Take whatever obscures your view and become aware of the clouded view. Anytime you wake up to what you are doing on "automatic" you are bringing mindful awareness into your world and you are able to make conscious change for the better.  To "mitate" or see things afresh, re-see, re-vision is vital!

Pay attention to your emotional reactions to things, your automatic responses, and your re-actions to things. Choose to ruminate on something before you comment. Sometimes, the space between what it is you see, hear, think or feel will be the time you need to come from clarity. Dissolve this propensity to react from an emotional place and observe the subtlety and listen to the wisdom of your intuitive wisdom.It is because of our delusions and misperceptions that we suffer needlessly in our lives. Use your experience, your insights and reasoned clarity to find new ways to envision your life!

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot.

Sending love and healing...


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      8 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      thanks you too!

    • melindaenglish profile image


      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You have truly mastered intuitive wisdom and your brand of emotional alchemy. You have a great son and daughter who are loving and so well-educated, and a wonderful healing doctor-husband who knows and loves you well! I love you, too!

    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      8 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Many thanks Deborah..yes the book is well worth reading, and when teaching writing classes I usually title the course, Perceptions and Perspectives! :)

    • Deborah Demander profile image

      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      You have several good points. It is often difficult to break out of those patterns of behavior/reaction which we have developed since childhood. One of the hardest things to do is to have a paradigm shift, in which we see things from a different perspective. Unfortunately, perception shapes reality, so without a change in perception, it is impossible to see reality. I will definitely read Emotional Alchemy.

      The quote at the end is one of my all time favorites. Indeed, it is never too late.


    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      8 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Thanks! Victoria Canada!

    • Michael Shane profile image

      Michael Shane 

      8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Love the pic! Nice hub!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)