She says you should pause and feel the emotions.
jeeprs wrote:She says you should pause and feel the emotions.
I think she means 'seeing them like they are'. Like instead of trying to change them, suppress them, or whatever, for one moment, simply be aware of what it is. Watch what happens. Observing is not the same as reacting. It creates a little bit of space instead of being swept along in the moment.
Simon E. wrote:I don't know this teacher Emma, but I don't think she means for you to focus on a particular feeling, rather to stay in awareness of whatever feelings arise without attraction or aversion.
emmapeach wrote:Hi there,
I'm reading Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance at the moment. She talks about pausing when you are anxious, ner vous, overwhelmed, angry...whatever situation occurs. She says you should pause and feel the emotions. I don#t quite get what she means, becaus ewhen I stop within a moment of whatever crappy emotion I feel and try enduring, experiencing this emotions it vanishes. I have to think those negative thoughts in order to feel this emotion she wants me to feel in detail. It is like one of those particels in quantum physcis that only appear when they are watched, only is it the other way round with me: I watch and it disappears. Maybe not the technique for me to follow?
emmapeach wrote:Thanks for explaining all this to me. Yes, it is easy enough to see and feel these emotions vanish. They are immediately back when I think one of my negative thought, like a punch in my stomach, my throat is getting tight...so, my problem is rather those thoughts than the corresponding emotions. Today for example it is extremely difficult to get in a more calm, relaxed state. I don#t even have to think concrete thoughts, they are always there and with them those underlying emotions. Vicious circle.
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