Mortality and finiteness are givens of existence. This present moment is it - the world you are looking at, feeling and smelling - this is it. And with our death, the world also ends.
Jean Paul Sartre, in his writings, discusses responsibility - meaning authorship. Sartre writes that to be aware of responsibility is to be aware of creating one's own self, destiny, life predicament, feelings and, perhaps one's own suffering. However, in the midst of our existence we tend to also search for ways to cope with the discomforts of existing. We develop psychopathologies - addictions, anxiety, fears and compulsions. We desire, search and demand an explanation - anything- because to accept existence as is - becomes overwhelming.
When we become overwhelmed we embark on the search for the miraculous. We focus on developing the intellect; while our ability to feel our emotions and be present takes a back seat. We create a split - we desire to believe in our mortality, while still holding onto a belief of immortality. These practices arise from an idea that our emotions are - to some extent - detrimental to our existence. That if we take a break to feel, to exist - the presence of danger becomes inevitable - fully exposing our vulnerability to the uncertain.
When did our emotions become a negative aspect, or limitation, of our existence? Our emotions are our humanity. We are our emotions. They run deep, are shattering and many times uncomfortable. Through our emotions we destroy unwanted aspects of ourselves in turn creating room for growth and refreshing, new experiences. To be human is to accept that we exist as a rainbow of emotions. To be human is to embrace, without rejection - the principle of trust and acceptance. To trust that if this moment feels off- the next one won't! Trusting and accepting that our present is temporary, trusting that we are responsible for the world we create and trusting that one day - we too will end.