Don't rush from your unpleasant feelings

Have you noticed how, when you start to pay attention to an emotion, it stays for a while and then dissolves back into the space from which it arose?

This is such an important discovery. What this is pointing to is that much of your suffering comes not from your feelings themselves, but from avoiding them. From your own self-abandonment.

In your rush to leave the site of your unpleasant feelings, you tend to jump to hasty conclusions about what that feeling means. Perhaps you think that you have failed, feel that you are useless, that you are wrong or bad or unlovable.

Not only have these hasty conclusions become a shortcut to avoid feeling overwhelmed by your emotions, they also create a much worse situation than if you had just sat with your feelings in the first place.

Jane xx