Is it the feeling place between contentment and boredom? Or Like a meditative state with no thought? I seen some teachers say you the only vibrations you put out are either positive or negative. It would be easier then,if you were feeling negative to put yourself into a neutral state than a positive one. Like a first easier step to feeling positive again. Please explain more about the neutral state and how to know your in it:)
Both of those are neutral states however there is a major difference between them which is important to realize.
The key to understanding the difference is that feelings always come in response to thoughts.
Thoughts, first. Feelings, second.
Bearing this mind, you now have two possibilities for neutral:
As for your statement about it being easier to reach a neutral state than a positive state, I agree. That's why so many teach meditation rather than appreciation...it's easier :)
If you look at the diagram below, you can see that you have to pass through neutral (the Contentment/Boredom area) before you reach the more positive emotions.
As for how you know you are feeling neutral about something, it's probably a bit more tricky to work this out than it might first seem to be.
The problem for many people is that they quickly habituate to negative (and even positive) emotional states.
The example I usually give is that of buying a new pair of shoes that are not broken in yet. At the start of the day, you might feel uncomfortable wearing them but after a while, you forget all about that uncomfortable feeling and you can convince yourself that you are not feeling anything at all.
It's only when you take those shoes off again that you realize how uncomfortable they were.
And therein, I think, lies the key to correctly identifying neutral states...take the shoes off :)
In other words, stop all thought first (i.e. meditate) and then from that place of no thought, contemplate the subject you want to see if you are neutral about.
It should then be very obvious if you are feeling truly neutral about the subject or not.
Hope this helps.
Neither happy nor sad, neither misrable nor glad but just simply coasting along wathching the world go by.
answered 01 Aug '12, 12:40
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