osho: emotional wellness
i’m reading Osho’s Emotional Wellness: Transforming Fear, Anger, And Jealousy Into Creative Energy it’s pretty great. the opening passage is about how we ought not let the external world operate us like a remote control. pushing our buttons, activating our insecurities and fears. he has a whole chapter about how repressed most of us are, living inauthentic lives and inhabiting fake personalities. i have read several of osho’s books, but it’s been a while. refreshing to read something so clear and resonant. an excerpt:
The way of the heart is beautiful but dangerous. The way of the mind is ordinary but safe. The man has chosen the safest and the most shortcut way of life. The woman has chosen the most beautiful, but the most mountainous, dangerous path of emotions, sentiments, moods. And because up to now the world has been ruled by man, woman has suffered immensely.
She has not been able to fit with the society that man has created because the society is created according to reason and logic. The woman wants a world of the heart. In the society created by man there is no place for heart. Man has to learn to be more heartful because reason has led the whole humanity towards a global suicide. Reason has destroyed the harmony of nature, the ecology. Reason has given beautiful machines, but it has destroyed the beautiful humanity. A little more heart is needed in everything.
As far as I am concerned, the way to your innermost being is closer from the heart than from the mind. Mind is a shortcut if you are going outward, and heart is a very long way. If you are going inward, the whole thing changes into its opposite — heart is the shortcut to being, and mind is the longest way you can think of. That’s why I am all for love, because from love it is very easy to take you to meditation, to take you to the eternity of your life, to take you to your godliness; it is very difficult from the head.