Day 16 and we are looking at the emotional homeostasis. I must warn you that this lesson starts with some really strong language that may disturb some readers and which personally I cannot condone. You can reach it here.
Despite the strong language opening, I think this is a very important lesson.
Homeostasis is the property of a system that regulates its internal environment and tends to maintain a stable, constant condition. Human homeostasis refers to the body’s ability to physiologically regulate its inner environment to ensure its stability in response to fluctuations in the outside environment and the weather. So emotional homeostasis is your ability to remain stable in the face of external threats or triggers, leading to, for example, road rage or anger or sadness. Essentially, your ability to regulate and continually stabilise your emotions.
To develop this a bit further, life forms can be described as conformers (you allow the environment to determine how you will react or behave) or regulators (you try to remain constant or stable in outlook irrespective or perhaps despite of the environment). Hmmmm. Well, this works for me because I believe that all power starts from within and more especially that you have the capacity of freewill choice. So, when another driver cuts you off, you can choose to remain calm and carry on, or subject yourself (and your blood-pressure), the ‘offending’ driver and all around you to an episode of road-rage. You choose.
Your ability to choose is related to what Steven calls the Stairway to Emotional Mastery; in essence, that you recognise your emotion(s), accept responsibility and learn to remain stable. That way you are in control.
So, how’s your Emotional Homeostasis? (if you don’t mind me asking 🙂 ).