Wired To The Mind

Words: Dr Rajgopal NIDAMBOOR

Emotions are the brush strokes of our mind. When they flow with happiness, they reflect delight around us and also everywhere. Everything, therefore, becomes sweet — because, without emotional sweetness nothing sweet can be produced, or experienced. But, what if your emotions revealed the opposite effect? You’d ‘emote’ dull, sad, or dejected feelings. This will also, in effect, mirror gloom all around.

Put simply, our emotions define our ‘selves.’ It is rightly said that we are not harmoniously formed when we don’t take joy from our good emotions.

Emotions are the ‘wires’ that hold our mental life together. They define who we are in our mind’s eye and in others’ sensitivity, just as well. Isn’t it, therefore, relevant for us to understand our emotions in the best manner possible — the modes in which they make us cheerful, sad, pessimistic, uneasy, frightened, dismayed, or overjoyed?

Our brain has over ten billion neurons. They are connected to each other in extremely complex ways. While the electrical circuits within, aside from the chemical exchanges among such cells, achieve a host of incredible and perplexing things, the formation of our emotions stands out as one of nature’s most remarkable and mystifying acts.

Obviously Puzzling

When you look inwardly at your emotions, you find them, at once, obvious; also, puzzling. They are the states we know best and remember with utmost clarity too. All the same, you may not know where they come from. What’s more, they can also change things, gradually, or unexpectedly — and, in addition to this, their ‘causes’ can be clear, or blurred.

You may be conditioned to doing things the way you do things every day. Yet, you don’t always understand what makes you get up from the wrong side of the bed. Or, why you can be kind, or mean — even when you know what is really guiding your actions. You may, likewise, respond to danger before you ‘know’ there’s peril lurking in the corner. Or, you may savour the soulful melodies of classical music without consciously understanding what it is you like about it.

The point is: our emotions are at the centre of who we are, all right, but they also seem to have their own schedule. They may, sometimes, ‘carry out’ things without your real involvement too.

It’s difficult to picture our life without emotions. We live for them, looking at circumstances that offer us moments of happiness and satisfaction, while trying to avoid situations that lead to misery, frustration, or pain.

Brain Sense

It is, generally, thought that our emotions are bodily responses that echo our struggle to survive. Or, they are mental states that result when our bodily responses are sensed by our brain. Research embraces the view that emotions are apparently bodily responses that are peripheral to a feeling, with the process taking place entirely within our brain. They may also be ways of acting, knowing, or speaking, too. They may be unconscious impulses, or conscious decisions, no less.

Enlightened thinkers believe that emotions are, in effect, thoughts about situations in which we find ourselves in. Or, they may also be the outcome of social constructs, or things, that happen between rather than within us. This is what that, perforce, helps therapists to ‘grasp’ what may go wrong when a part of our mental life goes bananas.

Most philosophers and spiritualists agree about what emotions are — nuggets of our thoughts and actions. Agreed that science may not be fully in agreement about what an emotion per se is. One reason maybe — the most important thing ever said about emotion is everyone knows what your emotion is until you are asked to describe it. As Vincent van Gogh rightly said, “Emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realising it.”

Dr RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR, PhD, is a wellness physician-writer-editor, independent researcher, critic, columnist, author and publisher. His published work includes hundreds of newspaper, magazine, web articles, essays, meditations, columns, and critiques on a host of subjects, eight books on natural health, two coffee table tomes and an encyclopaedic treatise on Indian philosophy. He is Chief Wellness Officer, Docco360 — a mobile health application/platform connecting patients with Ayurveda, homeopathic and Unani physicians, and nutrition therapists, among others, from the comfort of their home — and, Editor-in-Chief, ThinkWellness360. 

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