Love fosters life. Love ranges from mildly liking, accepting, feeling friendly, kindly, and caring, to loving, devotion, and trusting, to intense passion, infatuation, and adoration, to universal, spiritual love. Love can be felt so deeply and profoundly that it seems miraculous. Love is the emotion that most pulls us toward others, creating a warm, intimate, interconnected life. Spirituality is without boundaries, open and loving. A loving person is love. Love isn’t given away, it overflows. It is everyone’s love interacting.
Happiness brings positive feelings that encourage us to go forward in life – both spiritual and personal. Personality feels happy when it achieves a goal. Spiritual happiness brings contentment and peace of mind inherent in our basic being.
Anger comes primarily from our personality. When we don’t get what we want, we may feel frustrated or annoyed. Anger also comes when we feel afraid, when we are under attack, when we are wounded, or in physical or emotional danger. It can be a powerful energizer. The problem isn’t with anger. The problem is with our relationship with anger. If we suppress it or deny it, it lasts longer and may build in intensively. If we get stuck in anger, we can become depressed or have outbursts, both of which are bad for our relationships, our health, and our happiness.
Sadness can come from spiritual sensitivity to human and nature’s suffering. We all experience disappointment, defeat, failure, criticism, and deaths of loved ones and self. Millions of people are deeply wounded, despairing, and depressed. Sadness is a natural and universal feeling. But suppressing and denying sadness keeps the pain and the weight of the world going.
Fear exists because we all live with some degree of tension about causing the next faux pas, failure, setback, or limitation. The result is an existential anxiety in the background of our lives, dividing us from Spirit, creating insecurity and separateness.
Cite: Losing the Weight of the World: A Spiritual Diet to Nourish the Soul by Jonathan Kramer, and Diane Dunaway Kramer