Student: How do I control my emotions?
Teacher: You have to learn to control what you think about.
Student: How do I control what I think about?
Teacher: You have to learn to put distance between you and negative thoughts, and you do that by focusing more on what you do want and less on what you don’t want.
Student: How do I do that?
Teacher: With awareness! you do it by consciously choosing to entertain the blessings in your life and the lessons offered in the adversities in your life; it’s like changing the ingredients in a recipe.
Student: I like that metaphor; I have work to do; I allow my thoughts to direct my attention; I never thought of consciously directing my attention so I control my thoughts.
Teacher: By Jove, you’ve got it! Once you have your thoughts under control, then you can bake up a nice dish of positive emotions to nibble on all day.