We are our habits and our behaviour. We are our temperament, signature and also our fingerprint. The inference is simple — we are what we emote, express, conduct or not conduct ourselves through them. Look at the whole spectrum in any which way you like, the outcome is obvious. We are more than just expressions of our own unique feelings, beliefs and thoughts, not to speak of our likes and dislikes. Our situations or issues lead to regular proactive or reactive behaviour, anxieties, or ‘fleeing from the situation’. They highlight our strengths, goodness, or usurp the good in us. This elevates or clogs our layers of rational thought and action. When the latter takes over us, it leads to internal squabbling, anguish and repulsion. How wonderful or harmonious things would be if only all of us bear in mind that there is just one useful thread of logic in every foolish action?
It is not easy to be cool and composed always — we are not meditating in the Himalayas. Yet, there are ways or modes, in which we can come to terms with our situation or circumstance and expand on our faculty of rational thinking and active behaviour. Even when we achieve such a prospect in half, if not in good measure, it would be possible for us to reconnect with our sense of rational verification, or cultivated wisdom. It is this modicum of thought or action that awakens our emotional energies, or powers our purpose to free ourselves from the shackles, be energetically resourceful, expressive and mindful. You guessed it right. It is this useful strand of expressive rational emotion of our inner self that enables us to steer clear of our own faults. It is also, in reality, our own natural, self-supportive wall structured around our true selves.
The inference is again obvious — when we express our feelings, we always reach a higher plane. This, in turn, enables us to create and live in our greatest moments of reinforcement, while understanding, accepting and recording what we should emote when someone is feeling depressed. It is not taking sides, but playing our part in easing someone’s distress, with equanimity, compassion and empathy. Or, be truly considerate to the situation, without perceiving our, or others’, emotions as a ‘stash,’ or something that ignites a sense of trepidation, or murkiness. The only caveat is you need to keep a watch on your emotional focus, more so if you consider yourself to be the extreme emotional type, or temperamental, like the gifted India batsman, Virat Kohli. The reason is apparent — being temperamental is often terrifying for most people who articulate their thoughts as normal individuals do.
All of us are endowed with feelings, or a sense about someone, or situations. We should always remember that emotions are nothing but molecules of energy. They are also active particles of thoughts, feelings and life in all its hues and patterns. Our emotional energy relates to the biology, physics and chemistry of consciousness —something that helps us move and also transform our life, recognise others’ emotions, while understanding our own along with others’ troubles and happiness too.
It is a simple equation, not as complex as one would think. Call it our divine point — a principle to apply and direct the whole idea that our imagination is a ‘limited’ but unlimited enterprise, even if it lacks the sublime genius of Leonardo da Vinci. The more we cultivate this understanding to reach new horizons, dimensions and possibilities, the better our everyday life.
(The writer is a wellness physician and author)
Rajgopal Nidamboor