An oddity with a taste for deeper meaning ////
"Don’t let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present moment." Eckhart Tolle ////
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The lawsuits - to be launched initially in California, Kentucky and Maryland - will be filed against handset manufacturers and network providers. Experts believe the cases could prompt copycat claims in Britain and the rest of the world.
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How do you really let go of emotions? By "really" I mean, in a practical way that works. Life is about letting go and I fear that things happen so fast that you have no time to process all that goes on, that sometimes you are left behind in the past while life keeps moving. I want to be free of that. I meditate and if you could give any type of meditation about this, or any advice, id be grateful. Namaste. (Actually I feel like I have lots of questions for you :O )@hey-feed-your-life
Letting go doesn’t mean evaporating the experience of your emotions.
Emotions come and go regardless of our preferences about them. So then of what is it that we must let go? With what are we clinging, chaffing, struggling?
Our thoughts, tensions, judgments, identities, and desires.
Generally you may feel as though you are a strong, loved/lovable, and fulfilled person. But then you experience an emotion such as fear, anxiety, or desire, and that experience shakes our notions of self and identity.
Our typical reaction is to try and get rid of that emotion and/or fortify our sense of self to be more resistant to those changes. But neither of those approaches actually has anything to do with letting go. In fact, they are symptoms of clinging even harder.
Therefore what can we make of “letting go” when inlaid with this understanding?
1. Don’t use the experience of an emotion to learn about who or how you are. An emotion is like a color in the rainbow. The colors are not divided as separate and pure but have gradations as they fade into one another. Similarly, emotions are non-distinct tonalities of mood. Just as a crystal prism splits pure colorless light into the rainbow, the pure mood of eternity is one of bliss but the prism of ignorance/confusion refracts that mood into the whole array we experience, which is actually a tiny sliver.
Letting go would mean ceasing to prefer one mood over another. That is what is meant when we are told to meet our emotions and experiences with acceptance. Instead of trying to change them, we recognize and notice them as they actually are.
From there, we can discover the way that specific mood emotion can help us to relate to the totality of Mood beyond the dualistic fragmentation into diverse moods.
2. To where is your emotion pointing you? All experiences both pleasant and unpleasant are actually pointing toward something within and beyond. But we get caught up in the emotion and forget the place to which it is pointing. When we feel an unpleasant emotion, we fixate on getting rid of it instead of learning from it. When we feel a pleasant emotion, we get caught up in prolonging it instead of discovering the place within from which it arises.
3. Surrender your story. When we are angry, we manufacture and perpetuate a story of why we are angry and whose fault it is. That story lives in the mind and acts as a way for that anger to renew itself. The same can happen for anxiety, depression, and fear. Then you are caught in a cycle of suffering. Surrender the story you are telling yourself about why you feel a particular emotion and what that feeling means. Instead, take your attention deeply (meaning wordlessly) into that emotion and you will uncover the place to which it is pointing you.
Without unconsciously allowing emotions to condition you, by shifting your attention to the place within to which emotions are pointing you, and through surrendering the stories you tell yourself about emotions, you will let go of your typical dualistic way of relating to emotion and with yourself.
This is a practice that we must commit to every day and every moment. You need not be free of emotion, as the emotions themselves are not binding you. Rather, it is the way your experience of emotion confuses you that you then find yourself steeped in suffering.
When emotion neither confuses nor pleases you, it can be said that you are free of them. There is still delight and fascination in the play of mood but with continued practice even they will begin to bleed together into that single taste of bliss.
For more practical approaches to dealing with these things as they arise in the moment, I highly recommend the book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It is filled with lots of wonderful advice and insight into the ego’s mechanisms and the ways in which we may free ourselves from them.
Namaste my friend :) You are welcome to hit me up if you feel as though I can be of help regarding a question you may have. The best I can do, as always, is simply point in the direction I think is the most useful.
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