I haven’t had the radio in my car on since . . . May. Or April.
Every now and then I’ll stream music from my phone or listen to a book or podcast.
But for 90% of the miles . . . I drive in silence.
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Feeling and emotion is as real of a dimension in our human experience as thinking and intellectualizing.
We’re prompted so so much to interact intellectually.
Or to interact with responsive emotions, those emotions which are secondary. They are easier to inflame. You can kind of turn them on and off at will … anger, frustration, annoyance, disgust to name a few.
But dwelling there . . . in mind and in responsive emotions . . . has me miss out on the actual experience of being me that happens at the level of primary emotions.
My world has been filled with NOISE that interrupts and drowns those out.
Those emotions are calmer.
If I move too fast and have the volume too loud, I don’t feel them.
I miss them, feeling instead whatever’s triggered by my environment.
So I’ve turned the volume down.
To feel . .
That is to be connected with myself and what’s actually happening. That is to allow what exists to be there. That is to know myself. That is to resolve all the underlying bits and pieces of my life. That is to do the actual self-awareness and self-improvement work to be available to accomplish more on my own and give more to others.
So yeah . . .
I’m a fan.
Of primary emotion feeling.
And for me, it happens in spaces of stillness and quiet.
It’s there too that, as Elijah said, comes the still, small voice of the Lord. There is that “inner wisdom” narrator. When all that there is to hear is what is inside … not the messages and agenda of others outside … there’s some good stuff there.
A lot more to say.
But for now, that’s all.
I’m a fan . . .
Of primary-level feeling.
And that happens in quiet spaces.
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OH one more thing . . .
SOMETIMES that can even mean NOT listening to “good stuff” like General Conference talks. We can take ANYTHING and make it noise. Even holy music and holy writ and holy service can, in our dark desperate moments, be used as distractions.
It’s OK to have time and space of doing nothing but being with yourself and feeling.
We’re NOT required to cram every second of every day with content consumption and busy activity.