How do we map our day-to-day experience?
It depends on the purpose. But a good starting point may be to include these facets.
The type of experience. Sad, happy, angry, content, elated etc.
The strength of the experience. Is it strong or weak? Overwhelming or barely noticeable?
The frequency of that particular experience. Daily. Every few days. Every hour. Every few years. Never. Once?
The level of engagement. How engaged are we with it? Do we engage and struggle with it and spin it into a number of other stories and emotions? Is it easy to see that it’s just passing and visiting, and allow it as is?
Type, strength, and frequency can be helpful to pinpoint emotional issues to find healing for. And the level of engagement shows us how wrapped up in it we tend to be. If it’s just something that’s passing, it doesn’t really bother or impact us much. But engagement with it may influence our experience and life quite a bit.
In everyday life, there may be faint sadness from reading a story in the news. It’s allowed, passing, and not engaged with. In a conventional depression, there may be frequent and strong sadness that’s strongly identified with. And in a healing or awakening process, there may be strong emotions and thoughts but they are allowed, welcomed, and not engaged with much. They are recognized as living their own life and passing.