The Importance of Emotional Health

The Importance of Emotional Health

My family knows what my life is about. They know that I am a big proponent of authentic expression of feelings in pursuit of mental, spiritual and emotional health. With that in mind, my daughter sent me to this site: We Feel Fine . Their mission is as follows:

Mission

We Feel Fine is an exploration of human emotion on a global scale.

Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world’s newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the “feeling” expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved.

The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 – 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? What are the most representative feelings of female New Yorkers in their 20s? What do people feel right now in Baghdad? What were people feeling on Valentine’s Day? Which are the happiest cities in the world? The saddest? And so on.

The interface to this data is a self-organizing particle system, where each particle represents a single feeling posted by a single individual. The particles’ properties – color, size, shape, opacity – indicate the nature of the feeling inside, and any particle can be clicked to reveal the full sentence or photograph it contains. The particles careen wildly around the screen until asked to self-organize along any number of axes, expressing various pictures of human emotion. We Feel Fine paints these pictures in six formal movements titled: Madness, Murmurs, Montage, Mobs, Metrics, and Mounds.

At its core, We Feel Fine is an artwork authored by everyone. It will grow and change as we grow and change, reflecting what’s on our blogs, what’s in our hearts, what’s in our minds. We hope it makes the world seem a little smaller, and we hope it helps people see beauty in the everyday ups and downs of life.

It is my experience that feelings and thought walk hand in hand to create our vibration.  The emotional health of our vibrations is how the Universe decides what to send our way. Do you attract fabulous stuff? Do you attract not so fabulous stuff? Your creation is dependent upon your emotional health.

3 thoughts on “The Importance of Emotional Health

  1. I will most definitely check out the website; We Feel Fine. Thanks for the referral. I also like what you’ve said. In addition, please consider this. Fear and all the baser emotions have their origins in the domain of the Reptilian Brain Complex, fight / flight instinctual survival portion of the brain which has no capacity to perceive other than threat of the protoplasmic survival. It’s evolutionary programming at its most basic state.
    There is another center of the brain which Eckhart Tolle references in his “The Power of Now”; the frontal lobe of the cerebrum. It is from this conscious awareness that we have the ability to contemplate actions and effects separate from the moment in which stimulus impacts our senses thereby allowing us to develop principles by which to live rather than succumb to the biological protect mechanisms of survival of the species. It is this brain from which we can perceive awareness of self and awareness of others as distinct entities and from which we can perceive the possibility of the existence of God. This aspect of the brain does not perceive fear. So then the question is how do we access this part of the brain, authorize it to have control of our awareness and live in the awareness of what fear is but also the absence of its threat to disrupt our lives.

  2. This idea of a feelings website is really incredible….and it will gauge humanity’s evolution….as we think, so we feel, and so we are!! Good stuff, Maia.

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