Aversion: Week 2 (Dealing with our Emotions)

What is your relationship to anger?  Is your immediate response to flee, change the subject to something more appeasing, or deny it is occurring? What about other unpleasant emotions such as irritation, disappointment, sadness, resentment, etc.?  How willing are you to investigate the conditions giving rise to these emotions? How willing are you to pay attention to your strategies with conflict, disliking, not wanting or other entrenched forms of resistance?  Set the intention to understand your need to resist. Catch the moment in which you decide to react rather than be with what you don't want or like. For the rest of the month, practice holding all your unpleasant emotions in kindness. Practice doing no harm to yourself.  Practice intentionally not getting your way. Spend your time getting to know your emotions. What conditions cause them to rise? What conditions cause them to fade away? See if you can understand why some emotions seem like habit and why some emotions are hard to be with. You don't need to do anything. Just observe. Emotions come and go like breath. All that is needed is a willingness to take the time pay attention.

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