Four good habits which, if followed, can protect us from being hijacked by extreme emotions.
When it rains, we are asked to adapt to closed-in conditions. Whether we are introvert or extravert, there are things to be learned.
We are lonely and fearful, and so we construct identities around us. But they are illusory. In contrast, when we stop trying to control everything, and just attend, our suffering falls away.
We all experience brief tensions when life doesn’t go our way. What determines our mental health is what happens next.
You are here. You have feelings. You have thoughts. You perform actions. You are aware. To remain happily present with your feelings, thoughts and actions, awareness is key.
It is natural that we are self-defensive, seeking to blame others. But it is also counterproductive. By learning to ‘be with’ peacefully, we can break the cycle of suffering, starting with ourselves.