Periodically, readers ask me about science behind Secret Techniques for Controlling Sadness, Anger, Fear, Anxiety, and Other Emotions. I suppose I could make a case using the rhinencephalon and psychosomatic manifestations of emotions, but there are so many books out there that discuss these topics at length. Scientists have come up with great many theories, many of which are untested or difficult to use, and to an ordinary person who has an emotion or two that are bothersome, these theories can bring little consolation. These theories are, however, often fun and interesting to read about.
The angle and purpose of my book was to offer readers a practical method for controlling emotions. This method comes from more than two decades of my experimentation and hundreds of years of combined experience of several monks, nuns, and teachers who taught me over the years.
I’d like to point out that I’m not asking anybody to believe me. The book was designed as a guide for tracking down your emotions’ formation using mental experiments, as well as experiments with subtle movements and changes in breathing drawn from every-day observations. If you’re willing to try these experiments yourself--and I do encourage you try them--you should get at least some results either immediately, if the technique that you chose is simpler, or within a few months, if the technique appears later in the book.