Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Don’t get swept away by emotions

If you are a good horseback rider, your mind can wander but you don’t fall off your horse. In the same way, whatever circumstances you encounter, if you are well trained in meditation, you don’t get swept away by emotions. Instead, they perk you up and your awareness increases.

Pema Chodron, "Bite-Sized Buddhism"

Received as
Daily Dharma from Tricycle.com on the 10th of November 2010


My experience of this kind of increase in awareness is when I manage stay in the present, in any situation. At work, at home, on the train, in conversation, when a particular emotion arises
and I am aware of it while staying in the present, there is a heightened feeling of being alive and in a kind of flow. Not being swept away. Riding the flow. Not following a particular emotion off into one story or another. And as Pema Chodron indicates, this applies across the board, not just to emotions. Emotions are strong distractions from the present for some people and in some circumstance, but for other people and at other times, phone calls, gossip, questions, the weather etc can be strong distractions.

I can easily be pulled away from the present when I am at work and it seems that phone calls and emails are piling up an endless list of tasks to do. I can easily fret and worry and turn away from the tasks at hand for a comforting distraction. And yet, when I stay present, the flow of emails and phone calls and requests for attention from colleagues can perk me up and I can dance with liveliness through all the tasks that need doing. I can ride on the flow of the present moment with just what is in front of me.


Barry said...

Interestingly, even when we fall off the horse, we can climb right back on. Over and over.

Claudia said...

Impressive. Very nice post. I liked it a lot. Thanks for sharing.

Take the test Are You Able To Control Your Emotions and find out how well you control your emotions.

Puerhan said...

Thanks Barry, it always comes back to practice! 7 times down, 8 times up! :-)