Following Your Present Emotions

Everything you think and feel reflects who you are. If you think and feel from a superficial level of awareness, that is who you are. To dive deeper into yourself and, hopefully, to get to that place where you are love, compassion, trust, and truth, you have to follow the path of your present responses.

Someone who feels unloved can still find love in its purest form, but he will have to work through the layers of resistance that block the feeling of pure love. Your present emotions reflect the present state of your nervous system with all its past imprints. Whenever you have an experience, these imprints enter into your response, which means that most of your reactions are echoes from the past. You do not really live in the present.

However, at least you are reacting in the present, and that is where the search for your true self begins. Your emotions are the most present-centered thing you have. An emotion is a thought linked to a sensation. The thought is usually about the past or the future, but the sensation is in the present.

Your mind quickly links sensations with thoughts, but when we were infants, our first experiences and emotions were much closer to physical sensations. To feel an emotion fully and completely, to experience it and then release it, is to be in the present, the only moment that never ages.

Stripped to the basics, emotions arouse only two sensations pain and pleasure. We all want to avoid pain and pursue pleasure; therefore, all the complicated emotional states we find ourselves in are the result of not being able to obey those basic drives.

There is no purpose in suffering except as a guide to your truth. In and of itself, pain has no worth except as a signal pull you out of pain. Coming to the moment by putting your attention on the pain allows you to release the pain as soon as it occurs. This release occurs naturally it is what the body wants to do and attention is the healing power that triggers it.

Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1998).

114 comments

Laura Saxon
.3 years ago

Lovely article. Thanks for sharing.

Laura Saxon
.3 years ago

Lovely article. Thanks for sharing.

Laura Saxon
.3 years ago

Lovely article. Thanks for sharing.

Monica May
Monica May3 years ago

nice

Elisa Faulkner- Uriarte
Elisa F.3 years ago

Thank you Deepak. I plan to reread Ageless Body, Timeless Mind :)

Interstellar Daydreamer
Cosmic P.3 years ago

thanks

Laura Saxon
.3 years ago

Very interesting article.

Amber Beasley
Amber Beasley3 years ago

thanks

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

interesting

Uma Chernoff
Judith Shafer4 years ago

drowning in emotion the last thing we want to do is separate our identities from them to put them in clearer perspective. In overwhelming sadness I don't want to listen to the sorrow of my psyche as it tries to tell me what's bringing me down . When I get it straight that I don't need a solution to make it better but only to listen it is satisfied and the sadness dissipates leaving me my natural cheerful self.