Emotions tell us ‘how it feels’ to come to contact with something. Communication in form of emotions is very direct. Maybe because of this directness emotions are often objectified, or disguised by our ideas and prejudices.
Instead of allowing emotions to be bearers of messages about us in the world, we avoid them because we fear uncertainty and painful situation. We strengthen our separation from the environment and cut ourselves off from experiencing fully.
However, emotions connect us with reality as direct experience. This allows us to open up the emotional qualities of experience making us more present and alive.