Inward Triggers

Life is more than what our senses perceive. This is obvious yet we often fall back to a limited perspective. In other words, we default to shortsightedness. Therefore we must regularly remind ourselves that our viewpoint is flawed, relying on prompts to trigger our awareness. Such prompts might be anger or fear.

If we’re angry for instance, we must not unleash on the perceived source. The real source is life’s illusion. We must see anger itself as a trigger, urging us to look inward. Anger is an unproductive emotion that we don’t need. Our task is to let go of it as fast as we can, then proceed from a non-angry perspective.

Or if we’re scared, we must not shrink away from the perceived source. The real source is life’s illusion. We must see fear itself as a trigger, urging us to look inward. Fear is an unproductive emotion that we don’t need. Our task is to let go of it as fast as we can, then proceed from a non-fearful perspective.

Defusing unproductive emotions is a challenge that is worth the effort. We don’t win the game-of-life by lashing out in anger or by cowering in fear. No, we win by dismantling these unproductive emotional states, gaining more control of our player. What fun is had by players who rage the entire game or take such caution as to remain motionless?

It’s difficult to constantly observe and evaluate ourselves, unless we rely on these simple trigger mechanisms. When put in place, bad moods set off alarms and the consciousness comes to investigate. He sees trouble brewing and systematically clears the room, ushering out the trouble-makers. Not on my watch!

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