We use different words like thoughts, feelings and emotions. Are these different? Why?
Aren’t feelings too thoughts? Aren’t emotions too feelings? Where lies the difference? Patanjali Ashtanga Yoga refers to all these, whether we call them thoughts, or feelings or emotions as modifications of the mind. They all are expressions of the state of our mind, at a point in time and space. They constantly change.
These attributes, let us call them emotions for reasons of simplicity, change in response to what the mind receives as sensory inputs. Sometime, even an external sensory inputs is not needed. An internal radio or TV provides inputs to the mind, to which it responds.
How the mind responds to these inputs is through energy. We now know that all brain communication works on electrical impulses. The neurons communicate through discharges, which are electrical. What is the source of this energy?
Hindu scriptures refer to this energy as kundalini energy. Chinese medical systems refer to this as chi. Both describe in detail the energy pathways in our body. Both systems believe that an imbalance in the body mind energy system causes illnesses. They use these pathways to cure ailments.
The picture on this post shows the relationship between the hormonal system and the energy centers. Physicians will not accept this. Many will not agree that hormones affect our emotions. But, here is enough empirical evidence to show that hormones affect our emotions. Hindu and Chinese medical systems believe that our inner energy centers affect our hormone centers and our emotions. The inner energy is our mind body spirit entity.
In future posts, i shall talk about which inner energy center affects which emotion . We shall also see how we can work on these inner energy centers to manage our emotions and our life.
I can say this with confidence that you don’t need to go a shrink to manage your anger or stress. The shrink acts on second-hand information. The shrinks work on intangible and empirical solutions. That’s why we still have Cuckoo’s nests to deal with the mentally disabled.
We shall soon see how we can take responsibility to manage our own emotions, more effectively and more efficiently. Many thousand years of work was on these issues in China and India.