What does it mean to achieve emotional balance? Does it mean to not feel strong emotions ever after? Or is one’s emotional life so well-lubricated that one can slide effortlessly in and out of a feeling state without ever being tripped over? Is that what we want, in the first place?
In a new book by Lama Yeshe from Wisdom Publications called When the Chocolate Runs Out, I found this pithy instruction:
When the negative mind arises, instead of being afraid of it or pushing it away, you should examine it more closely.
Digesting your emotions with wisdom is really worthwhile.
So often when we become [...]
As promised, I want to finish what I have started when I introduced the meditation advice from Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah: Keep it simple and stick it to the present.
Why stick our mind and attention to the present? It is best not to misinterpret this to mean that we must never think about [...]
I mentioned this image during the last weekend workshop on “Working with Emotions.” Since it is such an interesting one, at least for me, I thought to share it with others. It came from a book by American Zen teacher, Charlotte Joko Beck. This is my version of it.
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