It may sound strange — that every change in the brain could lead to an emotion, albeit the whole idea may not produce a palpable feeling, or sentiment. There are, likewise, a whole surge of cell divisions in our body each day and a fulsome probability of a change in the DNA string during each division. Yet, the vast majority of such shifts in the genome have no consequence for the phenotype. A vast majority of changes in the brain — to cull a parallel exemplar — that occur each day may have little or no connotation for a changed emotional situation. In other words, this corresponds to the scientific article of trust that each emotion is a psychological phenomenon that may, or may not, be determined by our brain state. This is primarily because each brain wave can prompt a surplus of emotions — put simply, a specific emotion in a given setting represents its context, subject to one’s persona, idiom, or biology. This holds a corresponding mirror to a host of mysteries that envelop the radar and compass of our mind and also life.
In simple terms, our emotions consist of a surfeit of cognitive progressions and physical feelings. This percolates our brain’s executive system and also functioning. You’d, in the context, think of myriad possibilities — whether our motor activity, corresponding to the muscle systems involved, reflect a calculated or reflex character, or planned objectives? Or, whether our memory, including our emotions, need to be addressed and organised as a directory of emotional information cultivated, or expanded, along with their origin, outcomes, brain silhouettes, or natural sequence of events. Sounds complex, right? Well, not really, because it is simply our mind’s occupation to imbibe and express all our primary and secondary facets of our emotions that occur in the perimeter of our thoughts, or feelings. You may call them the signal particles of our imagination, or emotive blueprints, that are manifest for all of us to distinguish, perceive and understand.
The calmer one is the better it is to understand one’s own emotions and also the feelings of others around us. It is rightly said that when you are calm, not twitchy, you will comprehend yourself better. In so doing, you will increasingly swell your own natural feelings to figure out everyone’s sensibilities and sensitivities. You’ll remain well-adjusted, composed, and balanced. The reason is simple, also profound. A calm individual represents tranquillity — or, the blossoming of the soul — and, the grandeur of quiet wisdom, not knowledge, information, or riches. This is what that elevates our soul, while supplementing us with the calming quintessence — the timeless resource — of supreme, everlasting stillness. As the Indonesian author Toba Beta puts it, “A man of calm is like a shady tree. People who need shelter come to it.”
The pursuit of calm is, of course, not as simple as it appears to be on the surface. It is akin to our perpetual exploration for happiness, a ‘fair recompense’ for living a serene life, or a true vista that spreads optimism and insight. Tranquillity and contentment are nature’s best gifts. Yet, it is a parody why a legion falls prey to wild frenzy, a rickety blend of attitudes, or lack of self-discipline. It pays to be calm, because you’ll be able to manage yourself well — notwithstanding your angst. You’ll also find your feet and revere your resident spiritual power. The more calm you are, the greater your elemental influence, or acceptance, of your own self, success and fulfilment.
(The writer is a wellness
physician and author)
Rajgopal Nidamboor