A response to "how are you", or "how is life treating you"....
Then I began thinking of thought, how my thoughts talk me out of a situation, versus feelings which draw me in. Why we feel, has its own complex origin. The energy generated from the feelings is raw passion.
"Passion (from the Latin verb patī meaning to suffer) is a term applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion compelling feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something." ~
George Bernard Shaw "insists that there are passions far more exciting than the physical ones...'intellectual passion, mathematical passion, passion for discovery and exploration: the mightiest of all passions'". His contemporary, Sigmund Freud, argued for a continuity (not a contrast) between the two, physical and intellectual"...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passion_(emotion)~
If we believe that the two ways of being in this life is either evaluating through 'Reason' or going with the "Feeling" then it is possible that the struggle between the two causes the most anguish.
Understanding the self and being aware when ones action is being triggered by either 'reasoning' or 'feeling'. It becomes the basis of relating with compassion. Without judgement of right and wrong we are able to determine each perspective, our own firstly and then that of another.
The energy generated and coming from 'passion' of intense feeling, becomes the source of creativity, living against all odds of reasoning, and finding a depth to life. It makes life more meaningful. Question I ponder, can one live a sustainable life through passion alone? What when the highs of passion throws you into the depth of despair?
That becomes a struggle. Struggle also arises when feelings and reason both come on strong. For me this is not the struggle rather it falls in the category of a challenge. Living is a challenge, from as simple as pausing long enough to allow a full breath to flow, or as complicated as dealing with hunger and pain - physical and emotional.
Reasoning comes to the rescue when emotions are reined in through thought. Living with reason alone is safe, empty and devoid of feelings; the mask of reason becomes a protective armor against vulnerability.
Which is a better way? Where is the blueprint? Religion, science, faith, culture, society?
Thinking without feeling, and feeling without thinking.
Each moment we decide or not decide to follow a certain way of being, we are living a story.