Below is a extract from post 212 by Nick Radge in the Adaptive Analysis thread:
The above is only half the story;Trading in a state of zero emotion is very difficult and certainly took me many years to understand and then master. The only advice I can offer is to simply be aware of your emotions when they arise. Ask yourself why you had that thought? Why was I angry? Why am I spending my days looking for a better method? Why am I experiencing this anxiety?
This is the foundation that classic Buddhist Meditation is built on:
Any emotion produces a sensation within the body --- it is this sensation that we are either craving or advoiding and NOT the physical object that caused the sensation eg: you have a big win at the races, you will have a tingling sensation pulsing through the body -- it is this tingling sensation we want more of so we chase another bigger win (it must be bigger to produce a more gross sensation) if on the other hand we have a big loss, then we have "heavy solid" blockages through the body which we then do our best to avoid --- the mind leads us to believe that it the outside circumstances that are causing our mood swings eg: money, ego, etc, whilst keeping us unaware of the true cause:
In Buddhist tradition the proof of this lies in the fact that what ever we have physically won/lost can be lost or replaced and eventually u must lose it all anyhow (death) ---but there is no way you can produce or avoid the sensations:
The way out of this dilemma is "unattached observation" of these sensations.
These are both very gross sensations and do not require deep meditation to observe:
You first try to be aware of the sensation and then simply try to describe it as you would to doctor eg: tingling, hot, cold, heavy, solid, moist etc.
You then try and narrow the sensation down to its center -- this after many attempts is always a pin point --- VITAL part of this process is that you do not personally identify with these sensations -- you MUST maintain a doctor/patient attitude.
If you try to logically analyse them you are only empowering them.