EMOTIONS & BODY FLUIDS
If there is one concept that is truly universal in every sense, it is emotions. Young or old, male or female, working or studying, rich or poor – emotions exist in each and every human being. ‘To err is human’, is an often quoted line, and emotions are often the cause of these errors. There are often moments in a person’s life when the power of his own emotions threaten to overwhelm and sometimes even break him. Traumatic events are aplenty in one’s life and it is essential to learn how to handle such emotions without suppressing them.
A common mistake people make, when trying to curb their fears and anxieties after facing traumatic situations, is suppressing their emotions. It is common to procrastinate thinking about them or facing them, thus pushing them back to the recesses of one’s mind. However, this is not an ideal solution at all. The real solution is exactly the opposite – to face it.
Before a person can think about how to overcome this problem, it is important to get to the very root of it. What are emotions? This is an answer out of the ordinary, but emotions are, in fact, nothing but body fluids! Physical symptoms such as one’s body shaking, or crying, releases the emotions from the body. Whenever a body fluid is released from the body, the emotion associated with it is also released. For example, fear, shock and suffering are associated with tears from the eyes and rheum from the nose. Self torturing emotions such as guilt are associated with sweat. Attention need is associated with estrogen. So, when someone consciously goes through those emotions, the respective body fluids leave the system, taking those emotions along with them.
That is why, after a traumatic event, the best way to deal with the rush of emotions is to relive the entire experience. This may not be pleasant at all, it may even be a horrible affair. You may sweat, you may shake, but there is no other way. The person must go completely into every detail, every emotion and every feeling to relive it properly and get rid of it once and for all. This must be done with complete awareness, consciously. It will be evident after just two or three days of doing this, that the incident will no longer bear the same weight as it did before. It will be forgotten. All the shock, fear, insecurity and anxiety associated with it will simply disappear.
This does not apply to traumatic incidents alone, but also to everyday life. It is a daily occurrence in some people’s lives, to lose their tempers and make rash decisions that they irrevocably end up regretting. Not just anger, but also due to guilt, fear or sometimes even intense happiness. For example, if somebody’s superior at the office has yelled at them, they either get very angry, very scared or very guilty. It is impossible to think clearly with such a state of mind, and they end up taking the wrong decision. Does this improve the situation with their superior? No, it only makes it worse. A person’s potential is limitless, if not for their emotions inhibiting them from doing what they can.
CONQUER YOUR EMOTIONS!
So many decisions are made everyday based on mere emotions, because of a few hormones running high in the body. Without these hormones, one’s entire perception, entire strategy towards a situation changes. This is pratyahara, that is, not being forced to take decisions through body fluids.
Anger, lust, fear, greed, attention need – all of these are strong emotions and all of these belong to a different body fluid. So, understanding this one concept is enough to liberate anyone that is bound by their emotions. Emotions are nothing but body fluids, a little liquid added to the body. All emotional sufferings and emotional clots are nothing but liquids. When one understands his biochemistry he ceases to be enslaved by his emotional reactions. Conquering a person’s emotions and taking decisions based solely on their judgement can change the very tune of a person’s life and bring harmony back into it.
Taken from Nithyananda’s Discourse on the Bhagavad Gita on 4th May, 2012, Bidadi Ashram, Bangalore, India