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Lecture 24 THE EMOTIONAL MINEFIELD

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This lecture lays the groundwork for the management of our emotions to prevent them from running wild and wrecking havoc with our life.

Meditation Time Lecture Twenty Four. The emotional mind field, the emotional core of a human being, is a potential liability. Beyond a critical threshold of intensity, emotions can dominate our field of consciousness and defeat our ability to view things clearly and realistically. Take, for example, a positive and rapturous emotion, like love at first sight. It is blind to the faults of an alluring stranger and may lead to romance that ends in break up once reality sets in. Negative emotions are even more treacherous and worrisome. Anger and hate can run amok and leave in their wake more grief and shame than the heart can bear. It is as if the inner landscape of our consciousness was a hazardous mine...

...field. Each mind represents an emotional trigger and we must devise a strategy to avoid unleashing their explosive potential, or at least contain it within manageable bounds that allow our reason to function on hampered and prove congruent with our individual, social and environmental purpose, both short term and long term. As a priority, we ought to extricate ourselves regularly from the daily Hustle and bustle to reflect on every aspect of our life with focus and composure. We then improve our self knowledge as part of a multiple but interconnected and unified hole that is ever changing. With time, our reflective practice becomes second nature and goes on to include every awakened moment of our existence in a continuum of revealing awareness. This practice is instrumental in clearly defining the inner circle of the people and things that matter...

...most to us and compel our dedication. The same can be said of the principles and values that we deem worthy above every other and hence follow with the steadfast adherence of the enlightened. The latter bring out the best in their human nature and serve as role models who inspire others to better themselves. Again, it must be stressed at the combination of consciousness and intelligence as the source of self knowledge and selfdirection through observation and reflection, can only operate effectively and generate favorable outcomes when the mind is calm, free from extreme emotional disturbances. Consequently, our chief mental imperative is to be on the lookout for these disturbances. More precisely, we must forbear saying or doing reckless things. When we go haywire with anger, fear, discussed, hate or any other negative emotion that...

...can prompt a perverse reaction by contrast with a sound course of action that is constructive, not counterproductive or downright destructive. To that effect, we would be well advised to call a time out, breathe deeply and take a step back from the circumstances that triggered an emotional storm. We can then put things into perspective as we calm ourselves down. If, however, this is not feasible, we may end up with no better option than to do damage control, with apologies and other bombs at our disposal. Perhaps the optimal scenario is to enjoy a ready made bull work against such a derailment and its aftermath. The key is to cultivate a why Ey's outlook, as it holds aspirations and expectations that are appropriate to our reality and therefore unlikely to spawn tumultuous feelings of absolute...

...antagonism or utter let down. Of course, and legitimately so, we may still experience negative emotions like anger, fear discussed and hate towards certain situations that are painfully at odds with our pursuit of fairness, safety, dignity, kindness and other desirables that are conducive to happiness. The difference, however, will be significant in so far as our wise outlook provides the framework for these emotions and spontaneously tempers them with a general attitude of compassion, gumption, humility and cordiality, among other signs of a favorable disposition. This attitude bodes well for us and the world around us, which together form a network of beings and things that exist in a state of universal linkage and kinship. Consider the unsavory opposite, a bad emotional rut that derives from a jaundiced mindset. For example,...

...people are evil, we are worthless, life is all gloom and doom, the odds are stacked against us, and other aberrations that are on the side of pessimism and defeatism, which induces us to perceive every situation in the same dreary hue, as through a dark filter. We must be wary of these toxic mental states and defy them with critical thinking in order to diffuse them. This is all the more important as such toxic mental states lead to adverse behaviors that can rec havoc with our life in the worst way. All in all, whatever emotion fills our heart, whether it be negative or positive, we had better wait for our reason to find its footing and strike a balance between hot blooded feeling and cool headed thinking. The object of this constraint is to keep from acting wildly and blindly, without reviewing the full gamut of our...

...wants and duties and without weighing the pros and cons, thereby dangerously augmenting the risk of a pathetic or ignominious setback. Indeed, who in their right mind would relish such an outcome, which clashes sorely with their inborn predilection for harmony and happiness in every part of life?.

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