Reason & emotion

Aldous Huxley once said you can sum up the history of every man and; woman who has ever lived with the following words: “I see the better and approve it, the worse is what I pursue”. If men and; women were merely rational beings then knowing would be indistinguishable from doing. But we are not, we are creatures of desire. Our emotions ultimately determine our behaviour. We can have an idea that something maybe good for us to do, but find it hard to galvanise the rest of ourselves into action. Often I feel a sense of humiliation at my inability to bring together my head and my heart. However, I find practices like yoga and meditation bring me more deeply into relationship with myself and my emotional body, engaging my emotions so that my behaviour can change, bridging the gap between reason and emotion.

“When your head says one thing and your whole life says another, your head always loses.”
Humphrey Bogart (from the film Key Largo)