Our bodies collect the information from all of our experiences, and our emotions give us the split second summary of what is needed in the moment, based on three things: 1. All that collected information 2. The questions we are asking 3. What we want
Our thinking minds FOLLOW our emotional intelligence–not the other way around. Our minds generate reasons based on what the heart has already decided.
So when we can learn to FEEL the sensations in our bodies more subtly, more intimately, we develop an unfair advantage for getting what we want–especially when we couple that sensory awareness with real world experience, which can more accurately inform our emotions.
Our positivism lasts a bit longer when it is more closely aligned with reality.
Because if you’ve only seen 2 swans and both were white, then there’s no such thing as a black swan. Until you see a black swan, of course.
We all have different methods and modes of information gathering and interpretation. We’re all sponges of our environments. We soak it up, whatever it is.
If you’re born in Saudi Arabia, chances are you’ll be able give me excellent reasons for why Allah wants everyone to be a good Muslim.
If you’re born in the southeastern United States, chances are you’ll be able to give me great reasons why good people should join a church and believe in the blood sacrifice of Jesus.
If you’re born in South America, chances are you’ll be able to explain why being a Catholic and having socialist political leanings is the best way to live.
But the reasons come from a deeper source. They come out of needing an explanation for how you feel. Because how you feel informs how you think. And how you feel is based on your life experience.
So get in there ever more deeply. Experience much. Ask lots of questions.
Pay attention to the currents, the ebbing and flowing and rippling, to both the slick, quick running and the slow, almost imperceptible, glacier-like movements.
There’s so much information available.
And ALL of it helps us get to where we want to go. Where do you want to go? What do you want?
Chances are that you’ve already decided what you want and your mind has made up reasons to justify it.
I want to come more fully alive.
What do YOU want?