Emotions are the fuel that drive our actions. So if we are going to have any chance of changing unhealthy or hurtful behaviors, we have to pay attention to our feelings.
Most of us — especially those of us who struggle with addiction — are disconnected from our emotions. We have feelings and they are fueling what we do, but we are completely unaware of them or the way that they are motivating our behaviors. Instead, we just fly through life blindly, reacting to people and circumstances without any thought of what’s going on inside of us.
And then we wonder how life gets so unmanageable.
–Melissa Haas, Emotions 101