Have you ever felt yourself a slave to a particular feeling, unable to get beyond a negative emotional state, even when you try to? Why does this happen? How can we gain control over our emotions so as to lead happier and more productive lives?
The inner personality of a human is divided into two facets: the mind and the intellect. The mind is the seat of affectation, impulse, feeling, emotion, and indiscrimination. The intellect is the faculty of reason, judgment, cognition, discrimination, decision-making, and abstraction. It is the uncontrolled mind that victimizes us. When the mind is left on its own without intellectual supervision, a host of negative emotions can take over our personality. We then become emotional, mentally agitated and our actions suffer. When the discerning intellect governs and guides the emotions, we become masters rather than slaves of our emotion. We are then calm, clear, loving and our life is peaceful, prosperous and harmonious.
When the clarity of the intellect oversees the activities of the mind, we develop pure and chaste emotion. We are then able to love our fellow beings in the true sense. As Rainer Marie Rilke writes:
It is also good to love: because love is difficult. For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation. (Rilke, 1934, p. 52)
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