In the merest matter of weeks, my first book—“Why Do I Feel This Way?”—will make its debut in the world. So what am I feeling?
After all, it’s a book about feelings. Feelings are a major way that you and I respond to our lives. Something happens, or someone says something, and we respond by feeling. It’s not always easy to know what it is we are feeling, exactly—we have to think about that—and sometimes before we can get clear about our feelings, we complicate them with our thoughts. Feeling can seem like a tricky business, yet we have no way around it. We are human, so we have feelings, automatically, and about everything.
Right now, I’m feeling excited, exhilarated, anxious, a little stressed out I’d say, and I’m filled with wonder. How have I gotten to have this book that has my name on it? What will become of it? Of Me? What will You think of it? Of Me? How will You feel about reading it? Will you laugh and cry? Will my stories touch your heart as I intend? Will you love my unscientific experiments, the ones I invented just for us, that you can use as I did to know how your feelings and memories work? Will I be able to show you how you can use what your brain is doing with feelings like love, fear and anger, and emotions like empathy, joy, trust and even embarrassment? All our responses to life are there for a purpose: to help us thrive so that humans can survive.
Oh what miraculous things I have learned about our brains over the last 15 years! I can hardly wait for you to discover them. And I’d love to hear from you when you do. Contact me at http://www.raisinghealthyvoices.com