Due to the nature of my work, I have often felt pressured to offer a happy face, or at least happy teachings, even in the midst of challenges. The story I tell myself is that people expect to hear how God, yoga, love, a positive outlook, or whatever else is carrying me/us through. Deep in that logic is a command: don’t feel the negative, just focus on these other things.
Folks in the spiritual circles have a tricky relationship with emotions. We’re told that if we feel fear, we’re not trusting God enough; if we feel sadness, we’re not believing in God’s goodness enough.
I’m learning sadness, frustration, anger, even bitterness can be teachers. Perhaps the key is curiosity. If I’m angry, why? How can the awareness of anger stimulate growth? How can I not be controlled by anger yet utilize that energy to move me toward necessary change?
is right. Feeling with calmness and awareness is work. (From his book #inward
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