Feelings and Emotions

How a person feels is important as a sensation and as an indicator for the present moment, but is uncontrollable: we don't create feelings, feelings happen to us. Since feelings do not cause our behaviour, we can coexist with unpleasant feelings while still taking purposeful living action (accepting your emotions as they are and doing what needs to be done).

We are responsible for what we do no matter how we feel at the time. Feelings don't control our behaviour. Blaming our feelings for our behaviour simply excuses unkind or irresponsible habits. Discarding such excuses, we create more space for healthy living habits.

The essence of Shoma Morita's method maybe summarized in three rules: Accept all your feelings, know your purpose(s), and do what needs to be done. When once asked what shy people should do, Morita replied, "Sweat". This approach, of course, overturns aspects of conventionally accepted wisdom.