11/16/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

Daily Dose of Inspiration

“When the teachings tell us to “make friends with our emotions,” they mean to become more attentive and get to know them better. Being ignorant about emotions only makes matters worse; feeling guilty or ashamed of them does the same. Struggling against them is equally non-productive. The only way to dissolve their power is with our wholehearted, intelligent attention. Only then is it possible to stay steady, connect with the underlying energy, and discover their insubstantial nature.”

~ Pema Chodron

Don’t fight it, my friend. Don’t resist it. Let yourself experience it. Just be with it. The best way to truly release an unwanted emotion is to move through it.

Fighting and resisting only increase your suffering. So instead, acknowledge what you’re feeling. It’s real. It’s there. When you let yourself experience it, you’ll release its charge and it will simply melt away.