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Topic: Calm (emotionally) (09/13/07)
TITLE: All Thinking Has An Emotional Component
By gene hudgens
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Emotions are strong feelings comprised of mental, physical and behavioral components. The main feelings that drive emotional reactions are fear, anger, sadness, and joy. When we are able to achieve absence of emotional agitation we are “calm”.
In order to maintain our mental and physical health and achieve success in any area of our life we must control our most unpleasant emotions. We can enjoy ‘calmness’ when we have steadiness of mind under stress.
We can have chronic physical pain and chronic emotional pain. Typically, emotional pain begins with painful life experiences and can take the form of depression, guilt, anxiety, and fear. To achieve true healing we must acknowledge these painful life experience and face the emotional pain that is linked to the experiences.
Emotions often seem to behave like the weather, somewhat unpredictable and beyond control. Our emotions are out of hand when our feelings dictate our thoughts and actions, thus causing conflict, depression, anxiety and a negative attitude.
Emotions are important to religious thought and knowing. We adapt religious beliefs to fit emotional needs as well as beliefs. Emotional thinking involves both individual thought processes and social processes that transmit and help to maintain religious attitudes. Emotional healing is a fundamental part of our spiritual growth, which allows more of our soul to be present in our body, which brings increasing amounts of love, compassion and joy to our lives. With love, compassion and joy we feel “calm”.
The incident of the storm on the lake saw Jesus awake from a deep sleep and with utter calmness He commanded, “Peace! Be still!”…and instantly the wind ceased to blow and there was great calm. He calmly walked on water. He calmly said to his fishermen disciples, “Let down your nets”…and the nets were quickly full of fish. Some one wrote, “I can only have real calm when Jesus (the calm one) is calm in me.” Without Jesus calm is not possible.
We all want to be happy, content, and confident; but the way we cope with our feelings can prevent the fulfillment of this aim.
A proverb goes, “Optimism will help you forget sorrow.” One must enrich one’s life by cultivating a variety of interests and hobbies, such as meeting friends, reading, traveling, painting fishing, playing musical instruments, growing flowers etc. This can help attain a cheerful mood and refine one’s sensibility.
We need to strive to avoid being weighed down by perplexing thoughts; strive to be calm and optimistic; be complacent (calm in the face of situations that cause anger); keep sound in body and mind. We also need to enjoy simple pleasures such as enjoying nature as we listen to birds sing, enjoy sun in the winter and shade in the summer. We might learn to enjoy a glass of wine, visit an art museum and listen to string music.
We contribute to good health and longevity when we cultivate hobbies, increase an interest in life around us, express cheerfulness, develop stability of mind, and gain comfortable feelings. This can reduce emotional pain and enable us to remain “calm”.
Our quality of life depends on our maintaining a positive happy state of mind. By calming the mind we can learn to control the seven important emotions; joy, anger, anxiety, melancholy; grief; fear; and fright. Exercising an open mind and optimism are important principles in regulating our mind and in health care.
Lasting happiness can be achieved only through contentment. Therefore we should strive for tranquility and happiness, remaining free from anger, resentment, and troubled thoughts.
In our actual life, most anxieties and worries result from going after and coveting fame, a higher status, and material comfort. Those with a well-developed sense of morality (a kind person) normally realizes that they achieved this morality by moderating desires, remaining content, being tolerant, kind and courteous.
Emotional outbursts from adults are not considered normal or acceptable, but are common with teens. Teens are in the learning years, and parents must try to understand what normally causes these outbursts. A main cause is the expectation they behave like an adult. There are many factors that are responsible for outbursts from heightened emotions, which include; physical changes, restrictions, not eating healthy foods at a regular time and lack of rest.
Emotional calmness is achievable, but requires considerable effort.
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