Emotion – Good or Bad?

This is a question that I’ve been asked lately. The core is whether to suppress emotion because it’s bad or lean to channel it in a right way. A lot can be said about emotions, but in the spirit of brief blogging I’ll get straight to the point.

Emotions are distinctly attached to what DeMello calls the “me” (not to be confused with the “I”) “Me” is the ego apparatus that we construct throughout our lives and to a great extent find attachment to. Emotions can cause a problematic swing when left unobserved, but can, when observed lead us to great insight about ourselves and the way we interact with people.

That said, the intent of emotion is an amplification of a feeling. Some feelings like fear, greed and envy are symptoms of a need for control. In this case emotions act as a warning sign to deeper areas needing attention.

Emotion, however, can be useful in bringing some people across the chasm of their doubts and fears. It is only then that some people can detach and observe their life and begin to “see” things as they really are. They begin to understand that many of their problems are either illusions or created by themselves.

Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” When we live an unobserved life we allow the script of our lives to be written by others, discussed by others and edited by others. Only when we choose to “watch” the actions of our lives can we hope to “have life and have it more abundantly.”

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