By Ed and Deb Shapiro for Intentblog.com
When we don’t like someone the feeling sticks to us like glue. We get hooked, thoughts of the person come thick and fast, feelings of dislike, resentment, anger or irritation are like ghosts constantly haunting us. And these unpleasant thoughts build up inside, creating havoc. All the negative reactions that arise during moments of discord or disagreement cause great suffering and anguish, but it is our own anger that does us more emotional harm than someone else’s words.
The reality is, we are little more than a chemistry set. All our thoughts and feelings get translated into chemicals that fire off throughout our body, altering the chemical composition and behavior of our cells. Hence a sad feeling will influence the cells of our tear ducts and make them produce tears, or a scary feeling will give us goose bumps or make our hair stand on end.
“A basic emotion such as fear can be described as an abstract feeling or as a tangible molecule of the hormone adrenaline,” writes Deepak Chopra in Ageless Body, Timeless Mind. “Without the feeling there is no hormone; without the hormone there is no feeling . . . wherever thought goes, a chemical goes with it.”
Alternatively, imagine your mind is like a beautiful garden. If you let a pig in your garden you will have a hard time getting it out, as pigs really like tasty gardens! In the same way, negativity is like a pig that gets in your garden and runs amok.
So how to transform our garden full of weeds and marauding pigs into one of sweet scented flowers?
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