An emotion is already a bodily sensation plus a thought, no? What we call “an emotion” is a particular configuration of bodily sensations — heart rate goes up or down, some muscles contract while others expand, different senses come on line, and others withdraw, etc… Then there is a very subtle imputation of a “thought” — the mind searches for cause and effect, a narrative or memory on which it can tag this particular set of sensations.

When we learn to experience that “toggle” — between the originating bodily sensations and the thought, we can learn to experience the originating sensations, right down to the raw energy that precipitates them through ever-vigilant processes of participation.

We know that early life experiences (dyadic relations with primary care givers) are responsible for setting the “affective tone” of these bodily sensations, such that in different people, different cultures, the threshold for the emotions, such as fear, anger, are different.

In my opinion, then, it is great that you had this experience of your emotions from the “inside perspective”, but I suspect that you are still in the realm of “thought” …

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