Be still


One of those days…

Yesterday two of my colleague friends and I were talking about emotion – about what the ultimate emotion is and what it looks and feels like, about how to create emotion etc. One, Juan, asked me to write a blog about emotions to give him my opinion on things. The irony is that, the more I think about it (and boy, have I thought about it! :D), the more I know that emotion is exactly that which cannot be written or talked about. You cannot “create” emotion in yourself or anyone else; you can only experience it.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” – Helen Keller

And so this blog took an unexpected turn – it is not about emotion or the creation of emotion, but rather about being still…about abandoning ourselves to life’s every moment…about allowing ourselves to breathe…For in the living of it, in the letting go of our attempts to analyse it, therein lies the experience of true emotion. It is only then that the voice of our bodies can be heard, even more, that we can resonate with the emotions of those surrounding us. Only in allowing ourselves the simplicity (the freedom?) of completely immersing ourselves in this body, this moment, this heart, can we know what emotion is. Can we become who we need to be and do what we need to do.

“All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Immersing ourselves in the moment, no matter how small it may seem.

We cannot, actually, discuss emotion; in fact, we shouldn’t, for then we are missing the point and the emotion. We can and should only allow ourselves to “be still” – to abandon ourselves to the moment, to absorb the totality of every small experience in every day, to become uninhibited.

“There is a relationship between the eye contacts we make and the perceptions that we create in our heads, a relationship between the sound of another’s voice and the emotions that we feel in our hearts, a relationship between our movements in space all around us and the magnetic pulls we can create between others and ourselves. All of these things (and more) make up the magic of every ordinary day and if we are able to live in this magic, to feel and to dwell in it, we will find ourselves living with magic every day. These are the white spaces in life, the spaces in between the written lines, the cracks in which the sunlight filters into. Some of us swim in the overflowing of the wine glass of life, we stand and blink our eyes in the sunlight reaching unseen places, we know where to find the white spaces, we live in magic.” – C. Joybell C.

Giving over to the moment, the emotion, completely.


2 responses »

  1. Han 🙂 i do like your post! What jumped out for me was; “you cant create emotion, but you can only EXPREIENCE it… In the past week i had a few different conversations that touched on the point that we should live in the moment, take time to engage all your sences to fully experience and be in the moment.

    A friend told me once about the “pudding” of life… What is that you may ask… That was the same question i had… She went on to explain that it is those moments in life which you can’t create. It just happens. It touches the deepest part of your soul. It is that moments where you want to laugh, and cry of joy. Where you are so happy but sad that someone you hold dear are not there to experience it with you. That moment where everything is in harmony, and if only for a few seconds, life makes sence.

    I was fortunate enough to EXPERIENCE such a moment with my friend, only a few hours after she exlpained that magical “pudding of life” to me. Thinking back of the emotion i experienced that particular day, i realize how much truth is in your blog above.

    We will still pursue the awakening of emotion through the words of our letters 🙂

    • Thanks JuanGuan 🙂 Yes, I think what you say is very true – it’s about AWAKENING the emotion with our words, not CREATING it. It’s about triggering those body memories that feelings/emotions have imprinted upon us.

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