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A Strategy for Emotions

A Strategy for Emotions

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.

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Adapted from The Diamond in Your Pocket, by Gangaji (Sounds True, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Gangaji. Reprinted by permission of Sounds True.
Adapted from The Diamond in Your Pocket, by Gangaji (Sounds True, 2005).

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5:11AM PST on Mar 8, 2013

Let's be self-conscious

5:36AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Unfortunately, I'm not spirtual at all

5:35AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Truly spiritual people can repress their emotions perfectly.

4:16PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012


11:36AM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

i suppose by direct experience means to acknowledge these feelings for better or for worst; not picking it up again when another experience sparks the same sort of feelings. it is what it is, no attachment.

8:49AM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

nice tip

7:46PM PDT on May 18, 2012

Yep, repressing memories can severely hinder good health. I have had repressed memory syndrome since childhood and it has certainly no picnic.

9:05AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

information noted

11:34AM PDT on Jul 4, 2011

Thank you

11:59AM PDT on Apr 30, 2011


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