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. Posted by Paging Mrs Zen on August 13, 2016 at 6:40 am

    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. Posted by Paging Mrs Zen on August 13, 2016 at 6:47 am

    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. Posted by Paging Mrs Zen on August 13, 2016 at 6:55 pm

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

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