Saturday, May 19, 2007

Many people seek to be free from difficult
emotions such as anger, fear, and grief, and
seek the more pleasant emotions such as joy,
happiness, and bliss. The usual strategy for
achieving happiness involves either repressing
or expressing negative emotions in the hope
that they will be pushed from sight or released.

There is another possibility; find out what
it is here:

Unfortunately, neither repressing nor expressing
negative emotions reflects the truth of one’s
inherent self, which is an unmoving purity of
being that exists deeper than any emotion
and remains unaffected by any emotion.

There are certainly times when it is appropriate
to repress or express an emotion. But there is
also another possibility: to neither repress nor
express. Gangaji calls this "direct experience."

To directly experience any emotion is to neither
deny it nor to wallow in it, and this means that
there can be no story about it. There can be no
storyline about who it is happening to, why it is
happening, why it should not be happening, who
is responsible, or who is to blame.

In the midst of any emotion, so-called "negative"
or "positive," it is possible to discover what is at
the core. The truth is that when you really experience
any negative emotion, it disappears. And when you
truly experience any positive emotion, it grows and
is endless.

. Adapted from The Diamond in Your Pocket, by Gangaji

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