I'm down with all of this, except maybe trashing negative thoughts, because they might have something to teach us. And pushing things away doesn't really help us deal with 'em.⠀ .
I spoke to my sister yesterday and she told me how she had been feeling down and kinda sad a little earlier and she realized this, took a step back, gave herself and her feelings a little space. As soon as she acknowledged and embraced them, she recognized why she might be experiencing them. Then, naturally, the feelings relaxed a bit, became a little less intense, and she moved on with her day.⠀
This is mindfulness.⠀
As Pema Chödrön reminds us, “…feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we’d rather collapse and back away. They’re like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we’re stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we are.” ⠀
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