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But, I dont believe thats the totality of existence. I think the sum total of what most of us think of as "the universe" is a bit like a bubble of time surrounded by, and permeated through, a medium or area that is not subject to what we understand as movement. Movement that we understand, at least in part, through our concept of "time." Its tricky to visualize or describe due to its nature, but I do think we can experience it all the same.
I believe that our being, as humans, exists in both. Maybe even more realms, but its hard to say.. So, this core concept we are pointing towards with this topic may be one of the few things of this sort that exists in both. The vague term of "love" is a critical factor in everything from religion and spirituality to the biological drive to reproduce. Really, really interesting.. Some other cultures and languages even saw fit to use different words to more accurately differentiate the nuances.
I used to do martial arts. The reason I dont is the same reason for the lack of a significant other: Im a cripple (lol). I did try to scale it back to tai chi early into these health issues, but it just wasnt happening.
Anyway, I feel like happiness can come and go, and thats OK, but the core "thing" that love derives from can be held and experienced indefinitely. I suppose we can try to be happy all the time, even using many of the same techniques, but my experience was that at the very least.. it involved elements of self-deception. I dont think its healthy.
However, creating a constant state, most easily described maybe as "a state of love," actually leaves room for the experience of the other emotions as well. Even examined solely as the emotion, it is something that can exist simultaneously and naturally with everything from happiness to anger.
I feel like one of the biggest advantages that martial arts, meditation, etc. can deliver is that we can experience these emotions without being consumed by them. Sort of like the difference between "I feel angry" and "I am angry." Those two phrases tend to be used interchangeably, but they really point to two very different experiences.
I wouldnt mind seeing more of that study! I tried to navigate to it as well, but they have the site structured kinda funky. I love scientific exploration of "fringe" subjects. I kind of feel like it brings science back to its roots, back when we didnt think we knew everything about everything because we can Google it!
The only time I dont appreciate emotions is when they consume me. Like sadness after a death, etc. However, when playing guitar, I find if I can get happy, or angry, or sad.. I can create better music. Its "controlled," but the emotions are still very real.