October 6, 2017 at 7:59 am #171843
For a few months, I've been at that point, where I do not feel bad, no matter what happens. There are no “negative” thoughts that restrict me in any way. I was wondering, what would the next stage, functionality wise be? I'm working on improving my body and solving various problems.
I was living with monks for a couple of months and I've picked up quite a few things from them which has led me to this state.October 6, 2017 at 10:15 am #171899
You wrote that you no longer experience “‘negative' thoughts that restrict (you) in any way”-
I would think that the next stage you asked about would be doing the beneficial things that you were restricted from doing before.
anitaOctober 7, 2017 at 2:59 am #172029
I am doing everything, I couldn't do before. My performance and joy has increased as well, in all aspects.
I'm getting better at skills I used to be “bad” at.
What I'm thinking is, that I might have not achieved, emotional mastery. I'm satisfied all the time. That isn't “normal”, because most people aren't feeling that way. Although, something not being normal, doesn't mean it's unhealthy. So, what would emotional mastery be?October 7, 2017 at 8:04 am #172055
I am looking at the term emotional-mastery with a beginner's mind, not thinking about anything I read (if I did) about the term, anything written by others. What I think it means is effective management of unpleasant, or distressing emotions. In other words, what to do (skills to use) when experiencing distress/ unpleasant emotions.
Since you feel “satisfied all the time”- there is no need for you to practice emotional mastery, as there is no distress.
anitaOctober 8, 2017 at 8:08 am #172161
Well, I'm not practicing staying calm in “terrible” situations as I don't see them as terrible situations. Therefore, I'm not affected by them, in negative sense. I'm picking up on other skills rather quickly. So, I've decided to focus on part, that certainly needs improvement. That is my body and it's safety. I'm getting back into martial arts, which will possibly allow me to notice anything I lack in.October 8, 2017 at 8:28 am #172169
What you mean is that you do not feel distress because you no longer perceive situations as distressing. Except the situation of your body, you perceive your body being unsafe, in danger?
anitaOctober 8, 2017 at 9:44 am #172187
Sort of. If something bad is going to happen, I'm aware I won't be enjoying that situation at all, but I don't feel bad about it. It would make my situation even worse.
I do find my mind more secure than my body. So I've decided to shift my focus on body, which will allow more opportunities to arise as I progress.
As for the direct answer, I am not confident in my body capabilities of inflicting pain and defending myself, because I haven't experienced it that much. Still doesn't mean I feel bad about it. I'm rather enjoying this situation, as I can see how I'm progressing.October 8, 2017 at 10:04 am #172191
I do hope that you take best care of your mind and body and that you continue to experience calm. I do not know what, if anything, I can possibly offer you. I hope another member has a better idea.