Dominant Emotions

b0923da898e06fd546a3056aca225110Most of us are habitually characterized by one dominant disturbing emotion that becomes the ‘emotional default’ in our lives. We can frequently identify with ease which among the disturbing emotions (attachment, aversion, and indifference/confusion) gives our personality its defining, habitual characteristics. Reviewing the disturbing emotions by asking the following questions (perhaps with the help of a friend) can facilitate the identification.

  1. Is the trigger that apparently gives rise to the emotion weak or strong?
  2. Once aroused, is the intensity of the disturbing emotion low or high?
  3. Is the duration of any one instance of the emotion short or long?
  4. What is the frequency of the arising of each particular disturbing emotion?

If the trigger is weak, the intensity high, the duration long, and the frequency high, the afflicted emotion is dominant, and it is time to address it.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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2 Responses to Dominant Emotions

  1. Dharma fool says:

    Thank you! Am doing my best, my dear kalyāṇa-mitra.

  2. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

    Great Middle Way 於 2014年08月7日 (週四) 10:24 PM 寫道﹕

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