mindfulness

Emotions: A Gateway to Freedom

Emotions: A Gateway to Freedom

“We are taught to treat some emotions as positive and others as negative, yet from the point of view of your deeper self there is only positive — for emotions are the harbinger of self-love.

No, there are no negative emotions. The only potential problem comes from resisting or ignoring the beautiful messages contained within these emotions. Should we resist the flow, should we impede the fluidity of our emotional energy, then frustration sets in. This frustration is what ultimately leads to the really and truly dark places we’re generally so afraid of: anxiety, depression, and anger.”

We're All Raised to be Addicts, but What Can We do About It?

We're All Raised to be Addicts, but What Can We do About It?

“Addiction is a symptom. It's the symptom of a need to run away from something. If we need to run away from the symptom of the cure, then all we've done is go full circle. It's the vicious circle of avoidance, which is perhaps the biggest plague of modern society.

We have so many different means of running away from pain or unpleasantness at our disposal, and very efficient means — purified sugar, chemicalized drugs, instant entertainment, easy sex — how can we not be ever and constantly tempted by one escape or the other? And when the escape becomes ineffective, then how tempting it is to escape from the escape!

This, I feel, is how we learn to live in our society. We learn to stay busy, to develop hobbies — to be constantly on the go, and we praise those who keep a busy schedule. We call them popular or cultured. But ultimately, if there's a need to constantly be busy and run away from aloneness, what culture is that but one of avoidance? Burn-outs might just be the result of failing to stop running — whatever it is we're running to or fro — and depression might just be a symptom of failing to sit with oneself and simply listen.“

Does the Happiness in Your Life Depend On the Quality of Your Thoughts?

Does the Happiness in Your Life Depend On the Quality of Your Thoughts?

"Happiness is but a higher harmony of the being as a whole - where the thoughts, emotions, physical and mental health are all in satisfactory balance. Thoughts are not a cause of happiness but a manifestation of it - just like everything else in the body, physical or otherwise."