Updated: Emotion part two

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When the mind is obsessed by a difficult emotion, it may construct repetitive stories about who did what and why.
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Caught in the storyline, you might dwell on painful narratives and not discover how to free the mind from the painful thoughts.
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Let go of the story and investigate the emotion directly.
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When you allow feelings to evolve through their natural changes, the emotional landscape clears, like clouds passing on a stormy or windy day.
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4 responses to this post.

  1. I think this is the greatest thing. Thank you for the reminder. It’s funny (or not really) how repeating narratives can become so engrained.

  2. When I get stuck rehashing a hurt/memory, I find it useful to name the emotion, say anger, jealousy, hurt, or fear. And once I name it I can either be conscious and observe, letting the emotion pass, or I can delve deeper, with more compassion for my emotional state.

    I’d love to know your technique Marty. 🌷

  3. Naming it is one technique

    Also try writing down hurt/memory thoughts

    They can grow to enormous size inside our head but are finite on paper

    I also do what’s called extinction therapy

    Take the hurt/memory and feed it for two minutes letting it grow

    Then focus back on the breath and feel the body sensation

    The hurt/memory will move on and lose power

  4. Thanks Marty. Love the Extinction Therapy method. Shall be giving it a try.

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