Fear from the unknown and the uncertainty filling our lives, brings anxiety. We become “antsy,” and lose our rhythm. We easily fall out of balance. Good sleep is out of reach. We don’t know what to do with ourselves. Old bad habits creep into our lives. We might feel overwhelmed and sad, maybe lonely, cut off from others. Observe these emotions and feelings. Try not to react to them. Just observe. This is healthy, although maybe uncomfortable. Embrace your negativity without welcoming it. As we learn to just observe our negative emotions and feelings, they will lose their power. We must be patient. These old emotional patterns have been uninvited guests for a long time. Eventually they will leave. Without suppressing them, just observe, non-reactively.
Learning about changing our attitudes, reactions, and behavior is just the first step. We must “walk the talk.” We must put into action what we’ve learned. Without doing that, it is like a chocolate cake […]
Verse 3 from the ‘8 Verses of Mind Training’ by Langri Thangpa reads, “In all activities may I examine my mind; As soon as conflicting emotions arise Endangering myself and others, May I firmly face […]