Difficult Emotions


I struggle with anger and difficult emotions at times. When you come close to the Light, it can be confusing to see such strong negative emotions rising up. It’s natural I have found. These emotions, as temperamental children, demand our attention at uncomfortable times. I have been seeking an answer to how to deal with these emotions.

Love is always there, but we are filled with many other things as well. We gain our knowledge from the world. We must live in and experience the world. We need insight and compassion to change ourselves and indeed the world. We ourselves are not the standard, nor is any other person. We can trust our daily experience guided by insight and mindfulness. We need to learn to be mindful enough to let impulses pass.

The Sufi’s have taught me about loving myself. Jesus taught me to love my brother. From The Four Quartets:

Desire itself is movement
Not in itself desirable;
Love is itself unmoving,
Only the cause and end of movement,
Timeless, and undesiring
Except in the aspect of time
Caught in the form of limitation
Between un-being and being.

The Buddhists have been helping me learn compassion as well. I have to be mindful of these difficult feelings. I am challenged to not respond to them, if I do, I quickly stand up and brush myself off.

Mindfulness helps you to become aware of these feelings. We can bear these difficult emotions. To stay present in our anger and difficult emotions is difficult, but awareness of these emotions brings change. If I can see this anger and feelings in myself and let them flow away, I can see it in others and learn to not respond to them as well. I can have compassion. Anger hurts you and your target. I am practicing not reacting to these emotions. It goes slowly.

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3 thoughts on “Difficult Emotions”

  1. It is so hard to calm yourself when faced with constant negativity from people you come in contact everyday. I try and succeed but not to the extent I’d like to. Recognising that something makes you angry/ unhappy/ depressed and accepting that these feelings are slowly overtaking at any given time isn’t enough especially if the instigator is on a roll. I try but just saying, it’s hard. I’ve been caught up, nice to visit here again 🙂

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    1. The existensional drive for Truth drives us all in different ways it seems. Thanks for stopping by again. Yes, once the mind is calmed, the body speaks up. The ego games are subtle, our true Adversary. It wants you focused out there. The Light of Love shines inside first. The ego loves to put on veneers of spirituality. I am learning that they only have teeth if I identify with this separate view of myself. We only move when we love, otherwise we are lost in love of ourselves motionless. Love moves in every direction, it knows no boundaries. Love is borderless! We need no walls.

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