First let me define some terms.
By external environment I mean our circumstance. This includes what we own, what is being done to us, and things like that.
By internal environment I mean how we feel, what we think and so on.
Of course both of these inter-mesh. For example you can have a feeling about a thought just as you can have a feeling about a situation. In fact you can have a feeling about a feeling.
This is because words are hazy and create distinctions that don’t really exist.
Most people believe that they are miserable because of a certain situation. In a basic sense this is true but it doesn’t take into account the whole of the matter.
Why do you feel how you feel about the situation?
The problem with seeing the problem at such a basic level is that most people will attempt to change the situation in order to feel good again. This just leaves you weak and susceptible to other situations. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t leave a chaotic and insufferable situation. You need a peaceful situation to start on the path to seeing the peace in any situation.
If you start watching yourself. Watching your thoughts, your feelings and your situation you soon see that your feelings are often independent of external stimuli. Sometimes an event can happen one day with no reaction but the next day there could be a reaction.
After a while the thought may occur “Why am I bothered by what I’m bothered by?”
I think the answer to this question is that our feelings concerning things are the result of our social conditioning and genetics.
Another funny thing I noticed is the similarity between the emotions. Anxiety before Christmas is called excitement.
So our feelings being negative or positive isn’t the result of the feeling itself but rather the result of the feeling in combination with the context within which it arises.