Today we seem to be more exposed to tension and more vulnerable to overreacting. Conflict, fights, battles, or at the very least intense disagreement is everywhere. Have you spent time on Twitter? Fakebook?
Tentacles of the pandemic, social, political, and economic unrest have created widespread suffering.
Powerlessness is at the core of this suffering. Our hands are tied and we acquiesce to forces beyond our control. We see a moral imperative, but others don’t. Moral anguish is what results from having our values repeatedly stepped on.
This emotion grows. We feel devalued, unheard, marginalized, and we become frustrated and easily angered. This is where people think they need to shout to be heard.
Over time we feel increasingly anxious, exhausted, depleted, and fragmented, separate. Our primitive brain stays on high alert, scanning for threats. Soon everyone is the enemy. And we become more reactive, less sensitive, less compassionate, less social.
Suppressed emotions make some people a walking volcano. Look around. Have you seen evidence of this?
Regulate your emotions rather than suppress them.
To avoid overreacting and getting yourself in scary situations, catch yourself. When you feel the situation is the slightest bit unsatisfactory, take note, head’s up!
Recognize your thoughts as they form from the infant stages and don’t allow them to progress without you being conscious of it…Scrutinize your perceptual process.
View your reactions without getting caught up in them. You will see that yes, the reptilian circuitry is there, but the response—there are other ways to use these mental mechanisms.
This is a major insight. But it doesn’t happen overnight. Slow down, pay close attention and observe yourself and life closely. See the constant shifting flow of the world as it moves along. Take note of what you feel as life carries on.
It’s easier to speed up than it is to slow down.
Are you more likely to spot a bald eagle or the lights of a police cruiser?
Keep an eye out for the slower, smaller, less common, but usually more worthwhile things.
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