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A fire reflected in a lake cannot burn the water. Neither can emotions disturb the mind when you don’t get involved in them. Don’t identify an emotion as your self. The fear or anger is not you, only and impersonal phenomenon. Mentally pull back from the emotion and turn your awareness around to observe it. When in the grip of negative emotion we tend to believe it will never end. But emotions are no more permanent than thoughts. With continued practice you’ll find that you only have to wait and any emotion, whether pleasant or unpleasant, is bound to change.

–Cynthia Thatcher, from Just Seeing: Insight Mediation and Sense-Perception
Trycycle's daily dharma for May 3, 1009

Date: 2009-05-04 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yogaswirl.livejournal.com
Wow, I need to internalize that and make it my personal mantra. Thanks for sharing!

Date: 2009-05-04 01:41 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cherydactyl.livejournal.com
You and me both!

Date: 2009-05-04 11:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] presterjon.livejournal.com
This particular philosphy is very near to my heart. I'd say it was probably one of the shaping reasons which precipitated any maturity I can at this time lay claim to.
Thanks for posting.

Date: 2009-05-04 10:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cherydactyl.livejournal.com
I am working furiously on this topic. I not only get washed around by my own emotions, but other people's as well. I'm better than I used to be, but that is not saying much, considering. :( I just need to keep plugging at it, eh, right? :)

Date: 2009-05-04 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] presterjon.livejournal.com
Watch more clouds. Love and respect.
---Prester

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