The way that I describe emotions, especially to those that are more analytical, is that emotions are data. We have emotions constantly in every interaction, both intellectual and interpersonal. Using that data to inform how we will respond (vs. react) can unlock the roadblocks we constantly find ourselves up against. The secret, in my experience, is that we have to apply this, all of this, to ourselves before we can apply it outward. We cannot give something we do not possess. The gift is it is not a linear process, my experience has been that as you apply these principles to yourself, they naturally become a part of how we interact with others. It is a mindset, a practice, and takes mindfulness and self awareness. Overtime it becomes closer to a habit as we stengthen that muscle. Like exercise, it’s not always easy or fun but always yields results.