Emotional Management, Part 2

Monday, October 8, 2012 13:21
Posted in category Health

The first selections illustrating these four elements will be from Christian writers…The subject of these writings was contemplation, whose end point was direct union with God.

“The Cloud of Unknowing,” a book written probably during the 14th century, provided practical advice for all individuals desiring “to be knit to God in spirit, in unity of love, and accordance of will.” The author, a monk, most likely remained anonymous because he feared he would be accused of heresy. He believed religion allowed for independent inquiry and individual experience, which at that time were condemned by the church. In his book he wrote that man gained direct knowledge of God by losing all awareness of himself. Referring to his title, the author depicts a passive attitude as the way “to cover,” or forget, all distractions: “Try to cover these thoughts with a thick cloud of forgetting as though they never existed neither for you nor for any other man. And if they continue to arise, continue to put them down.” The author advises using one word, which means the use of a single syllable such as “God” or “love.”

Choose whichever one you prefer, or if you like, choose another that suits your tastes, provided that it is of one syllable. And clasp this word tightly in your heart so that it never leaves it no matter what may happen. This word shall be your shield and your spear whether you ride in peace or in war. With this word you shall beat upon the cloud and the darkness, which are above you. With this word you shall strike down thoughts of every kind and drive them beneath the cloud of forgetting…

He goes on to discuss the element of “dwelling upon” and advises that his readers can develop “special ways, private techniques and spiritual devices” in order to achieve contemplation. He suggests, “it is best to learn these methods from God by your own experience rather than from any man in this life.”

Women are made of emotions, and this truth will always be there. The significant questions are: How do you live under the pressures of daily life?

Is your heart bitter or loving? What do you do to avoid an emotional chaos? Would you consider emotional world around you as healthy or unhealthy?

When you learn how to manage your emotional reactions effectively, you’ll be better able to normalize blood pressure, to lower cholesterol level, to guard body from the threat of hypertension – risky heart diseases, heart attacks and strokes, to nurture your soul and enjoy your emotional life in a new light.

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