First Step to Self-control
Are you controlled by emotions or intellect?
As I ponder this question I am reminded of a time when I let my emotions control me, so much so that I had physical heart pain. I didn’t see the emotions that I was going through as a danger to me. I was so concerned for my daughter that I was unknowingly causing myself great physical stress.
Years ago, my adult daughter was diagnosed with Lyme disease. All I knew about it was this disease was caused by a deer tick bite. By the time she was diagnosed by a Doctor that specialized in Lyme disease, she was third-stage Lyme. I didn’t exactly know much about the different stages but she was very ill. Her particular case included severe chemical sensitivity. What that meant was that any treatments known at the time were of a chemical basis and little was known about treatment for chemical sensitivity.
Going back to my run-away emotions and the physical pain associated with them, I had angina that was caused by a blockage in my heart. I was clearly letting emotions control me. I was on a hunt to find how to help my daughter.
My emotions were running full speed ahead, I clearly needed self-control.
Since I was in the hospital for a few days to diagnose the blockage, I was offered a class on heart health. The class we were invited to attend helped us understand the diet and exercise portions as key to recovery. We were learning self-mastery over food choices and exercise to target heart health.
But also included was a class on Meditation and quieting the mind, my very first introduction. We did some stretches and a few chair exercises to get the wiggles out but then it got very quiet and we were guided through a relaxation of the entire body. Sometimes we would be in a seated position and at other times we would lay on the floor with a blanket that we were given.
Our instructor made it very clear to each of us that she would spend 1 hour each morning in this quiet space. I was impressed and continued my practice at home as instructed but doing one hour was not something I wanted to do.
During one of these times at home, I was able to reach a place of quiet that I had not experienced before. At first, it scared me, but it was such an amazing experience, I wanted more. This quiet space felt so empowering, so very assuring that all is well.
It was soon after all of these events that I was given an invitation to the Master Key Experience (MKE). After listening to the Mark J videos I realized I needed more information on Self-Control and Self-Mastery.
MKE and Me
My first year with the Master Key was in 2014 and I have continued to be a part of helping others as I had been helped.
Today I would say to all that:
- Meditation is the first step to self-control and self-mastery.
- It is a process that takes practice and time.
- It is the daily practice in itself that is the place where I have to exhibit self-control and self-mastery.
- Meditation is the foundation for healthy emotions.
- Spending the time and allowing for extra time gives inner peace and clarity.
Having the support and encouragement from all those who are on this journey of discovery through the MKE has been of tremendous value.
“Harmony in the world within means the ability to control our thoughts, and to determine for ourselves how any experience is to affect us.” Charles Hannel
Joan, this is a terrific guide to review in these crazy days. And you are a living example of self-control and self-mastery. What a terrific blog!