People also associate power with domination, which is why they have such trouble “controlling” their emotions. The key isn’t to “stop” feeling any particular emotion, but to recognize it and proceed in the right direction anyway.
Practices like meditation teach us to be an observer, to sit just quietly and observe the thoughts that flit through our minds like we would watch cars drive by on the highway.
And once you learn to observe your own thoughts, it leads to a funny question. Who is thinking and who is watching? Which leads to a recognition that we are not our thoughts.
Likewise, we are not our emotions.
I think that if one were to roll the works of Nietzsche in with Viktor Frankl, we’d maybe come to a place where we can use meaning to help achieve more power over self.
I really enjoyed this. Thanks!