We can’t control our emotions. No one can. They come in waves or hurricanes. I’ve had times that I felt a slave to mine. I let them control me and blamed them for my actions. I still have my off days but for the most part I can allow emotions to come, stay for a bit, and leave. All the while I can carry on. Mindfulness is a word that is thrown around from time to time so let’s dissect this a bit. If I were to feel angry at someone I could allow my emotions to take over and respond with nastiness, cruelty, yelling, etc. I could on the other hand notice I’m angry and be mindful in making a conscience decision not to act on my feelings and allow them to be there without judgement or resistance. It can be uncomfortable but really if you look at who you want to be, and what those actions will make you, it usually doesn’t add up. Think about where those actions will take you and where you will be. How will you feel later after the emotion has passed? Embarrassed or guilty? Composed and filled with inner strength? Give yourself credit for dealing with a storm inside and become the master of your emotions. We all have the power within us to be capable of greatness, goodness, and strength.