The Dark Side: Fight Your Negative Emotions (Rasatala)

English: Illustration from Old Deccan Days, a ...
English: Illustration from Old Deccan Days, a book of fairy tales of India. In the story this illustrates, a selfish sparrow delays letting nest-less crows takes shelter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Rasatala is in the ankles.It is where selfishness and pure animal nature reside.
  • Selfishness: Selfishness is acting only for your own good, not caring that it hurts others. Sometimes you have to hurt others to be true to yourself. If you hurt, too, then it might not be selfishness. But as a routine thought system, selfishness is definitely frowned on my society because it usually hurts the greater good.

  • Be Reactive: Choose how you react! Question the reason for your action. Will what you write hurt other people? Is it necessary or simply to make yourself feel better? Your motives and your consideration for how your actions affect other people are key to avoiding selfish acts in writing and life.

  • Be Proactive: Change how you act! Remember the Golden Rule and remember how it feels to be hurt. Try to avoid hurting others and you might not be acting selfishly but lovingly (just like with writing rules, there are exceptions to this). Learn to balance your own needs with those of others and try to meet both. This can be hard when finding or making writing time. But remember that other people act selfishly too and if you call them on it, the two of you may be able to find a way to meet both people’s needs. Good luck!

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