Look at the picture above. Let us try to understand our emotions today.
We want something or some outcome.
We do not want something or some outcome.
These are our desires.
Some examples are: We want to become rich. We do not want to become ill.
Once we have desires, we have outcomes that actually happen.
We get what we want. We do not get what we want.
We get what we don’t want. We do not get what we don’t want.
These are outcomes.
Some examples are: We become rich. We do not get ill. We become poor. We become ill.
Once we have outcomes, we get emotions.
If we get what we want or do not get what we don’t want we have happy emotions.
If we get what we don’t want or do not get what we want we have sad emotions.
These happy and sad emotions may take various forms but largely they belong to either category.
If we can get rid of desire, we will not be worried about outcomes. If we are not worried about outcomes, then we become extremely peaceful and calm and selfless. We begin to live in the moment and life becomes a breeze. We experience bliss. We have all had glimpses of it at some point in our lives but we have not been able to live in that state continuously. Looks simple but not easy. How can we get rid of desire in the first place. We shall explore that later, but the first step is to understand this simple model of what actually happens when we have an emotional reaction of any type. Just having this awareness may help us drop the desire or at least help us deal with emotions in a better way so that we feel more at peace.