September 19

Today's quotation:

Most relate to the world by their emotions, which means they know only the unreality of illusion-- this world of emotion is the world of duality, of love and hate, of joy and sorrow.  All emotions are relative to themselves, and last only as long as the supporting thought is maintained.

A Spiritual Warrior

Today's Meditation:

Our emotions are very important to us, but it seems pretty clear that they should not be our guiding lights-- they're far too fickle, and far too transient.  The emotion that I'm feeling now more than likely won't be the emotion that I'll be feeling in two hours, yet if I make decisions based on what I'm feeling now, I'm stuck with the results of those decisions even when my feelings have changed.

When we know the world by our emotions, we're no longer able to see it objectively.  I feel crappy right now, so the world looks crappy.  I feel great right now, and the world looks wonderful.  We lose stability and consistency, two things that are very important to us.  After all, the world is changing constantly, but it still gives us the seasons every year, and the sun comes up each morning and sets each evening; people are consistently born, and they consistently die.

We do need to respect our emotions and actually feel them if we're ever going to get to know ourselves as well as we can.  But we also have to remember that many of those emotions are the results of triggers that were developed when we were very, very young, and they no longer serve us in any way any more.  I may feel a certain emotion now simply as a matter of habit, rather than that emotion being a logical result of a certain situation.

Our lives are far too important for us to leave them to the whims of our emotional state.  We need to recognize our emotions for what they are and avoid making important decisions when they're having their way with us, for they are not reliable guides for us on this journey of life that we're in the middle of.

Questions to consider:

Why is it so easy to make decisions based on emotions?

What are some of the possible problems we can have if we allow ourselves to be guided by our emotions?

How might we go about learning what our emotions have to teach us, without letting them take control?

For further thought:

When you feel yourself in the grip of an emotion such as jealousy or anger or sorrow, detach yourself from it.  Take a step back.  When you do that, you can allow the emotion to run through you without causing negative thoughts or actions.

Gary Zukav

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