Updated: Shaila Catherine: . . Emotions And Feelings

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“Noticing change and observing the spaces between feelings can bring a balanced perspective to emotion.
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Emotions are an expression of empty phenomena that arise in response to stimulus, are experienced, and cease.
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The Buddha described a human being as a guesthouse;
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many kinds of feelings come,
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stay for a while,
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and then travel on.
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Try greeting all emotions as visitors or guests.
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Allow them to visit,
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accept that they arise due to conditions,
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but don’t adopt them as permanent residents.”
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Let us practice, play with our emotions, bringing awareness to the correlating body sensation.
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Some strong emotions coupled with a storyline can launch a trauma trigger.
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Get to know your emotions intimately, how they arrive, stay a while, then exit.
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Notice how difficult it is to feel two emotions at once.
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Notice the difficulty trying to experience an opposite emotion.
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Replace anger with joy or vice versa.
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Practice till it is habit and extremely familiar.
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4 responses to this post.

  1. Great way to look at this

  2. Posted by Jennifertem on August 23, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    I repeat this often to myself and family. Emotions can be easier to manage than deep “feelings”.

  3. Emotions are an expression of empty phenomena that arise in response to stimulus, are experienced, and cease.

    Put this in action

  4. Emotions are ephemeral, fleeting, opaque

    Always let anger jealousy worry doubt and fear go

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