We all see it and experience it. Here is what is predictable in a world in constant flux:
When a thought rises from the ether and takes hold, before we know it, we are wrapped up in hope and fear.
Over and over again, this habitual pattern shows up. We are so used to it, that we don’t even think anymore. We just habitually act and do whatever the default setting is says.
How do you react when someone praises you? What happens when you receive gain? How do you avoid pain? What happens to your ego when someone criticizes you?
When we are thirsty, we instictually react by grabbing a glass of water. Emotions are not different from these other types of experiences–like breathing or scratching an itch–unless we are being mindful. Conscious of the thoughts and patterns, the triggers and cycles.