A life void of pleasure may be dull and boring, or something far worse. You might ask what would be the sense of working hard at something if there is no reward in the end or at least some enjoyment along the way. Even in the doing there must be some kind of satisfaction to motivate ongoing action. Surely we need to feel somewhat good about the toil itself if we are to sustain effort; otherwise, the activity may become meaningless or even disdainful. The significance of this line of thought is that we cannot strictly remove feelings from our judgement; as in making calculated decisions resulting in reasonable outcomes. The heart and the head must be aligned if we wish to maintain equanimity. Now that which pulls us in a particular direction may be irrational in the beginning or during other intervals along the way. How we go about reconciling such opposing forces requires an understanding of both mental processes and that which stirs the heart. As for the later, I believe Dante provides a wonderful canto to express the way the mind and heart must go together to truly know integrity. Click here or on the image above to experience the profundity of such poetic wisdom.
Love & light,