Thot for the day – Understanding Feelings and emotions-4 nov 2009

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Understanding Feelings and Emotions

Neither love or happiness are emotions; actually, they are natural states of the self or soul.
They
exist and emerge naturally from the human heart when the heart is free,
clean and clear, i.e. when it is not attached to anyone or anything. 

Love
takes many forms, from caring to comforting, from empathy to
compassion, from acceptance to appreciation. As does happiness, whose
deepest form is contentment. 

The
ability to express and feel those forms of love and happiness is
reduced by any emotional disturbance inside our minds. Unfortunately,
we are somewhat confused as once again we have been taught to think
that sadness is a form of love, excitement is a form of happiness,
worry is a form of care and fear is a form of respect. 

The
process of confusing ourselves and understanding ‘the what’ and ‘the
why’ of our emotions requires time spent in practices such as
meditation and self-reflection. Feelings and emotions cannot be
understood through the words of others, only in the experience of
oneself.

-Charu

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