Stopping Identification with Emotions: Part 2

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Lightning: Cape Town
Photograph by Warren Tyrer, My Shot
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In other words, awareness is not affected by the emotion it is observing.
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When we understand that, we can step back, realize that this emotion has no solidity, and allow enough space for it to dissolve by itself.
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By doing so, we avoid two extremes, each as bad as the other: repressing our emotion, which would then remain in a dark corner of our consciousness like a time bomb; or letting the emotion explode at the expense of those around us and of our own inner peace.
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Not identifying with emotions is a fundamental antidote that is applicable to all kinds of emotions, in all circumstances.
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Awareness first, then we practice letting go.
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We learn to let go like any other skill (riding a bike, playing a musical instrument or hitting a baseball.)
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It takes practice until it becomes habit.
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Any new skill is awkward in the beginning.
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