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Ex 4 Meditation

Section 2 - Growth Fundamentals

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 Dealing With Strong Emotions Part 2


Between us and ourselves are the ghosts of our past. They lumber around in our minds forming little groups and shaking hands with each other seeming in-cognizant or disinterested in what is going in the "real world". Yet taking even one step in a particular direction can bring their full attention. When that happens we can feel their pull whether we are sensitive to and acknowledged it or not.

We don't generally notice these ghosts even though they influence every choice and action in our lives. They whisper seductively in our ear. We mistake them for us and so they tend to have our almost undivided attention. Collectively they are our non-conscious or sub-conscious mind and when they whisper in our ear we follow. They do this when we, for example, order our favourite food at the restaurant, or pick new clothes especially if they are in "our colour" or we react certain ways to particular ideas. They also are what leads us to anger, fear, hurt, loneliness, jealousy, resentment and so on.

Read more: Dealing With Strong Emotions Part 2

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Dealing with Strong Emotions Part 1


Everyone reacts strongly to events or find they are dealing with strong emotions with no obvious trigger, at times, only to end up having to deal with the consequences. This can happen whether one expresses their emotions or keeps them in. If personal growth or spiritual development is to be of use or value to us, it must come with ways to deal with strong emotions. The question is how to do this effectively.

It is easy to suggest that someone should just let go of the need to control, or accept what happens and move on. The power of our emotions and the dynamics of our emotional entanglements can make this a challenge to do, and a non-trivial lesson in growth even though once you understand it the process is rather simple. Hence, the answer is both complicated and simple at the same time. What can be the hardest part is the self-evaluation that one must do to move past this form of reaction mechanism. Nor can I in one essay provide a comprehensive guide that covers all the possible variables and circumstances and so forth. What I will try to do instead is look at the big picture first, the concepts around strong emotions, categorize some of them and try to provide some steps one can take to deal with them.

Read more: Dealing With Strong Emotions Part 1