My warmest greetings to all of you.
In this letter I’d like to share about the nature of thoughts, and how having a sound understanding of thoughts and applying this understanding can minimise emotional pain and suffering. In order to live a happier life, or a life with less emotional suffering, it is critical that we understand the cause of suffering.
We have been taught that emotional suffering is caused when we experience unfavourable or unfortunate circumstances and events in our lives. However there is something missing that we have not been taught; something that always occurs in between the unfavourable events and the emotional pain… Thoughts!
When we experience events such as relationship traumas and break ups, physical confrontations or financial difficulties, thoughts will trigger corresponding emotions, and we feel emotional suffering when we are not able to shake off the unfavourable emotions, such as jealousy or sadness or nervousness. When we feel trapped in these emotions for only a few minutes, it’s not such a big deal – for example when we feel trapped in the forest for only a few minutes, it’s not such a big deal, but when we feel trapped there for a day, a week or a month, then it becomes a massive problem. Similarly when we feel trapped in the emotion of sadness for a few minutes, it’s quite ok, and can even be enjoyable at times, but feeling trapped in the emotion of sadness for a week, a month or a year, is not great fun and becomes unbearable – sleepless nights kick in, our vitality is drained and we feel uncomfortable in our own skin.
So if thoughts trigger emotions and uncontrollable emotions create feelings of suffering, a person who wishes to end emotional suffering in their life must search for the switch that will switch off thoughts. Once the switch is found all one has to do is reach towards it and switch off the thoughts.