The Language of Emotions with Karla McLaren

The Mindful Minute

Aug 31 2023 • 50 mins

What if emotions weren't a problem? What if you didn’t need to fix or change your emotions? What if they were actually not only helpful but vital to our survival?

Today, I am delighted to share a conversation with author and researcher Karla McLaren. M.Ed.

Karla is an emotions and empathy expert, and she's recently revised and updated one of her books, The Language of Emotions. In this conversation, Karla and I talk about

  • Emotions as a sense rather than a problem
  • Anxiety, panic and how to work with them
  • Boundaries
  • The danger of spiritual bypassing in yoga & meditation communities
  • Why judgment isn’t a bad thing
  • Children and big emotions
  • 4 keys to emotional genius

This conversation is rich with helpful tools for embodying and embracing our emotional life. Be sure to listen all the way to the end - Karla shares a practice that is simple and powerfully effective for identifying and establishing boundaries and space.

You can learn more about Karla at and

And here is the free emotion chart for kids that Karla mentions:

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