- inthegarden beyondthecave
- Arvada, CO
- United States
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What are effective ways of gaining control over one's emotions and desires so that one can channel them toward more productive activities.
I would like to draw on all of your experience and knowledge in this area.
Whatever you happen to believe are life's most important purposes, gaining more control over emotion and desire is likely to make as more efficient at pursuing that purpose.
As I have indicated elsewhere, I think the good life entails living benevolently. Emotion and desire seem to be two factors that either move us away from more beneificial action, or move us toward more beneficial action. Accordingly, it would seem to me that gaining greater control over these factors is essential for making us more capable of living benevolently.
I once had a boring job carrying things from one place to another in noisy factory. I kept up my spirits up by singing "Whistle while you work".
A book I am reading, Motzart and the Fighter Pilot (Richard Restak, MD) It suggests that there are four states: calm energy, calm tired, tense energy, and tense tired. The tense tired state is the one in which we tend to behave the worst. He suggests a nap in that case. In contrast, he suggests a walk in the calm tired state.
Last year I read a book "Awakening the Global Mind" by My former professor, Ashok Gangadean, who uses the phrase mental "technologies" which was for me a new way of conceiving philosophy. This started me to think more about philosophy as pursuing a wisdom that embraces not just the intellectual, but also the emotional realm, in their unity with each other.
I am now pursuing the notion that there is a deep connection between empathy and wisdom, but I am wondering how else we migth gain beneficial contol over ourselves.