Emotions are a choice. They are energy. Anything other than the vibrational frequency of gratitude or love, is too low a vibration for me to function at for very long. I don't even think I could stay there more than briefly anymore. When I am hit with an emotion, if it is an inopportune time, I acknowledge it and politely ask it to wait until I can come back & allow it to come up & pay it the attention I need to clear it properly. Because I respect it, it acknowledges and tucks itself away. As soon as I am "free" to clear it, it comes up, but in a kind way. I appreciate it, thank it, feel it, & release it.
If I get my "heart hurt" for example, and feel the need to cry... I don't fear it anymore. It can't hurt me. It has a purpose. Without it, I would be shut down. I need the feelings to keep me "grounded". Otherwise I'd be in bliss 24/7. :) The hugest difference is before, I might have cried for hours, days, weeks, months, years (depending on the degree of the trauma), now I cry for a few minutes and it is gone. I am done. It's clear. It is soooo very cool.