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Accepting emotions

In our modern rational world where logic and science prevails over
feelings and intuition, the word emotion often brings bad
connotations. It is a derogatory statement to describe someone as
being emotional, implying either that he lacks character strength, or
that he often gets carried away and disregards logic. So we try to
stay objective and exert great efforts to ignore our emotions and
act reasonably. The result? A world full of emotionally unhealthy
people; a world floating in anxiety, depression, abuse. We have lots
of work to do.
We intuitively know that emotions come and go, swinging us back
and forth, sinking us or uplifting us like a dry leaf in the autumn
breeze. We grasp from experience that our emotions control us,
instead of us controlling our emotions, and wish to feel positive ones
more often. We prefer to feel happiness than sadness, pleasure than
pain, so we engage in activities that bring short term gratification,
like going shopping, drinking, watching a movie, or procrastinating
(avoiding unpleasant feelings). These only serve as a patch that we
use to cover a wound, while doing nothing to heal ourselves. We
may manage to ignore the wound for some time, but sooner or
later, life catches up and the injury returns aggravated.
Therefore, whatever we do, in this world were living in, we will
inevitably feel negative emotions: fear, sorrow, anxiety and anger
are all parts of life whether we like it or not. Our rational mind may
argue that these emotions are insubstantial and hampering, but
these logical rhetorics will achieve little in freeing us from them. We
stand little chance of resisting them, so the best thing we can do is
accept them. We need to come to grips with them.

The truth about emotions


Many different emotions manifest inside our bodies: fear, anger,
excitement, and so forth. But which of these comprises the natural
emotion a human being should feel? Which is the blank state, the
default condition of humanity?
Biochemistry studies in the 20th century, show that every emotion
manifested in the body, results from a chemical substance released
by our brain. For every emotion there is a corresponding substance
which is translated as the particular emotion. These chemicals also
affect our physiology. For example, the substance causing the

feeling of fear makes our heart beat fast and blood gets pumped
into our legs to enable us to bolt away from danger. Extreme
secretion of this chemical, albeit extreme fear, causes us to
paralyze. This is similar to the survival tactics employed by many
animals, the strategy of playing dead. When the danger is too
close to run away, playing dead increases your chances of being
ignored.
This function of the brains secretions to elicit emotions and physical
changes brings us to the million dollar question: which emotion is
felt when no chemical is produced in the brain, and what is the
physical manifestation of this emotion? The answer comes
scientifically proven and undisputed: happiness is the blank state
of human beings and the sensations that arise when the body
functions free and unobstructed by chemical substances, is that of
pure bliss. The natural state of being human lies in happiness.
We all intuitively know that the most in touch with their nature
human beings are children. How do children feel? Provided that
theyre not preoccupied with hunger or tiredness, a sense of
happiness, wonder, and awe for the magical world around them
permeates these little humans. We see these energetic and lovely
beings, and cant help feeling that this is how life was meant to be.
Life was meant to be happy. Humans were meant to be happy.