5. Feelings

Although they are strongly correlated, there is a difference between feelings and emotions. Due to scientific discussion in Western psychology and philosophy, there is no conclusive definition for both. However, the difference can be easily explained. Through the pleasant feeling of lying in a bath with comfortably hot water, you can experience the emotion of happiness or pleasure. In this case, the feeling determines your emotion. By experiencing emotions, however, your underlying feeling can also be influenced. If you have a fight with someone, your partner, for example, you will probably have an unpleasant feeling after the emotions are gone. A feeling can express itself both mentally and physically.

An emotion is a disturbance or agitated state of consciousness, through strong feelings, via stimuli (stress factors), about something or someone from your environment. [1] The emotion of happiness is, although positive, in terms of experience also a disturbance of the clarity of consciousness. Feelings are pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. With consciousness there is always a feeling, even if it’s minimal, but there is not always an emotion.

The above means that there is a primary feeling and not a primary emotion. This primary feeling is the sense of calmness, steadiness or equanimity of consciousness.[2] Which is best described as the constantly conscious realization of the flow of reality. This primary feeling is the state of consciousness that does not respond to experiences (sensory stimuli and thoughts) and emotions. It is the consciousness of reality without responding to it.

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[1]https://healthresearchfunding.org/lazarus-cognitive-mediational-theory-of-emotion-explained/

[2]http://www.buddhanet.net/imol/retreat/retreat05.htm