What a wonderful piece of art by Kristin Noelle as a part of a great little video on the Monk's Manifesto. Here's the vimeo link for you to view: https://vimeo.com/76842041 So often we feel peaceful when we have so-called positive emotions moving through us -- of course there's the familiar grasp to hold on to the joy, bliss, peace as if we had some control. But come anger, rage, FEAR! and we want to jump out of our skins to escape either a heavy feeling inside that twists us to the core -- how often do we go shopping, indulge in emotional eating, crying on a friend's shoulder, or just plain try to "erase, erase!" again as if we had control.
Every emotion, and -- no need to name it as it moves through, is there as a helper for our growth and expansion. It may not even be part of our direct experience, but emotional stuff in the larger thought-o-sphere of consciousness. Any empaths out there? You know who you are! So, we can take the bullet train to expansion by greeting and embracing all emotions coming by for a visit! I've found often, just in the act of consciously allowing and feeling a sensation of welcomeness (uh oh...new word?) that the emotion quickly dissipates. Sometimes there is an inner contemplation or question about where this first arose. Sometimes a revelation, sometimes none. Definitely in student mode here crossing the river of transformation and awakening to all that is in the moment!