The Buddhists call it craving and aversion, we’d often call it love and fear. If you take any given emotion and tune inward, you can recognize subtle sensations such as breath condition, muscle tensions, dullness or sharpness, warmth or cold, among others. Love and fear in this perspective can be distinguished both internally and externally. Love internally will feel warm and expanding, relaxing and letting go. Fear internally feels cold and contracting, gripping and holding on. Love externally projects warmth, radiance, acceptance, and understanding. Fear externally is projected coldness, contraction, isolation and misunderstanding.
What is most interesting is that these emotions are merely reactions to a said stimuli, such as current events. What we perceive as real are projections of what Buddhists called sankaras. Think of them as multiple movie reels ready to play in turn, once their powered on. What sankara or movie manifests from our being is our karma and we have no direct control over it. What is empowering is realizing that despite that lack of control, we do have the ability to control our reaction to a stimulus. Think back to when you were a kid perhaps. At 4 years old, if someone took a piece of candy from you, you might react with fear, panic, anger, frustration etc. If the same scenario were to occur in your twenties, you’re likely to react much less, maybe not at all, and perhaps even compassionately, giving it away willingly. Your being’s experience evolves in complexity and difficulty as it grows (it has to in order to involve). Just as you were 4 and a stolen piece of candy meant the end of your world, perhaps the serious appearance of today’s events might ultimately be of no greater significance in the biggest perspective. Recognize how powerful you truly are. Gain awareness of what you are sensing within your body and projecting without. May it be peace, radiance, and compassion. May it be your true self, which is beyond the dual appearance of the world. Namaste.
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