Sep 22

Just as we have to exercise and look after our own physical health, each of us is responsible for our own emotions, including their expressions and restraints.

 The emotions are strong and many a time will win in any conflict situation between thought and feeling.  So we have to maintain a co-operative team situation in recognition of their mutual importance yet retain the mind in the role of manager.

 Many of us were not well informed in our youth of the importance of emotional energy.  Schooling frequently is focused upon intellect and thinking capacity and fails to point out

that the secret of life success largely relies upon our emotional energy. Positive emotions offer a powerful and vital factor towards our success whether in self culture, social life, or in our work. Negative emotions have a potential to destroy our career or ruin wonderful life opportunities or create a climate for great unhappiness.

Many people who have proven to be successful in the art of living, both materially and spiritually will admit that their enthusiasm was an important ingredient. They will tell us that they had to learn how to govern their emotions and channel them positively and that it was hard work.

Comparing emotions with the element of water is helpful. Feelings can flow gently as a quiet and comfortable stream as contentment. They can be warm and nourishing, or cool and refreshing. Water nurtures all life and is essential to maintain all life forms. A human life without positive feelings of loving and being loved, for instance has little attraction.

As water can manifest as destructive floods, so our emotions can overflow and be harmful.

Our feeling can be joyful like a fountain of happy emotion.  Water can rest in lakes and ponds so can be without movement or expression at risk of stagnation. There are many analogies we can use as we understand the range of the element water and liken it to the emotional range we are capable of expressing.

 As an energy or talent, we must learn to direct it towards not only our own advantage, but that of others as in our relationships. Daily life presents us with a training ground for our feelings.

There is not a day goes by but we have a chance to exercise positive emotions of peace, joy, love and affection, optimism and enthusiasm in our work. Equally, we have to exercise restraint to curb angry responses, impatience, anxiety, greed or selfish desires.

What is that part of our consciousness that is aware of how we really feel; that seeks to upgrade any poor emotions; that has the power to cultivate loving emotions and direct this energy constructively through self culture to a happy outcome?

 It is our own mind.