Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Experience of the Soul

"There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul."
- Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)

To manage our emotions is not to drug them or suppress them, but to understand them so that we can intelligently direct our emotional energies and intentions. I don't know if it is merely a misconception, or if it is intentionally taught, however, we (Earths) seem to frequently be expected to "control our emotions." This phrase that I hear so often is confused with hiding our emotions, pretending they don't exist, or being happy/smiley/cheery 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When we hear things like "oh, that sistah is so emotional" or "Control your emotions, Queen" there is a perceived negative connotation to what it means to be emotional. We, as sisters, even do that to ourselves... "oh don't mind me, my hormones are making me emotional" when it comes to "that" time of the month or when we are pregnant.

If you really do the knowledge to the quote at the start of this build, knowledge (the foundation) cannot exist without emotion. There had to be an experience within us that sparked us to embrace and love the way of life that we lead, the wise ways and actions that we manifest, and the way, in which, we manage our personal ciphers with our significant others, children, parents, etc. Emotions, as suggested, help us to bind our experience with the information that we are given. This enables us to either accept and embrace it (knowledge) or reject it and move on (data).


SURPRISE - surprise, startle, astonishment bewilderment, confusion, shock
FEAR - fear, threat, terror anxiety doubt, caution, suspicion

ANGER - anger, rage, frustration hatred, hostility envy, jealousy disgust, contempt, annoyance, indignation

SADNESS - sadness, sorrow, depression anguish, despair grief, loneliness shame, embarrassment, humiliation guilt, remorse, regret

EAGERNESS - eagerness, anticipation, excitement, confidence hopefulness curiosity, interest

HAPPINESS - happiness, elation, joy, gladness contentment, satisfaction self-satisfaction, pride love, affection, compassion amusement, humor, laughter

BOREDOM - boredom, ennui, complacency

How do you perceive emotions within your self? Do you see them as relevant in your decision-making process and rationality in accepting knowledge or not? How do you distinguish emotional management with emotional void? Add on, let's build!

Victorious Lanasia Earth

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