September 20, 2011: Logic and Passion

Happy Autumn! The enchanting season of fall has “fallen” upon us. Its scenic arrival warms our hearts with exquisitely toned leaves, pleasurable events in and around the city, unforgettable time spent with friends and family, and the anticipation of change, yet again. Its coolness warrants us the comfort of softly embroidered threads for snuggle time with that favorite book, late night hot cocoa, a movie of preference, or the loving arms of a dearly loved companion. The new season also affords us fresh opportunities to ponder on our most beloved passions more deeply, explore the possibilities of the “impossible”, and consider more creative choices for positive change.

Logic challenges matters of the mind; it peaks and preserves a very large part of our perspectives. Logic compels us to examine any given appeal with principle, consistency, validity, wholeness, and soundness; not amazingly, the same elements we seek to apply when managing matters of the heart. Both traditional Aristotelian syllogistic logic and modern symbolic logic consider these most important properties. Philosophers like Aristotle, Plato, Confucius, and Avicenna, believed in the inference of logic.

Aristotle once said, “All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.”

The mind is quick – but the heart is quicker. First, we feel something. Nanoseconds later, we come up with a clever explanation for why we feel it. It is never the other way around. Even lifelong intellectuals are governed by this law. No matter how smart we may be, our cover stories rarely reflect the true reasons for our deeds and actions.

Passion challenges matters of the heart; it’s what makes the heart beat intensely. Passion pulsates through the veins to the blood that penetrates through to the heart. It ignites the nucleus of the inner soul. Passion – IS your hearts magnet. If you charge it up enough with energy of desire, it can draw almost anything to it; but if that desire is not tempered by wisdom, the result will be less than ideal. You don’t want to receive what you think you want only to discover that you don’t really want it. Passion is the flame that propels you to get not only what you want, but also what you need.

As the leaves are pleasantly changing; so are we. The sky is urging you to think big, be big-hearted, positive, and patient. Earthly proof of that positive prognosis will likely appear if you apply a little more trust and a little less doubt to all of your interactions. Replace frustration with faith; convention with innovation.

What is it that you really want? Either it is important to you or it is not. Either you mean it or you don’t. Either you have got a real commitment or you are keeping up a façade. You don’t have to do everything perfectly. You don’t have to get it right all the time, but you must put your heart into what you are doing [with passion], else nothing will work out. Are you afraid of your own true thoughts? Listen more carefully to your deeply rooted powerful feelings. Logic alone won’t get you from where you are now to where you want to be; nor will passion. Do yourself a favor – give a fair hearing to both.

Reference commentary of September 28, 2010: A Peep of Perspective

Love and Light for your Tuesday.

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