“Hatred cannot coexist with loving-kindness, and dissipates if supplanted with thoughts based on loving-kindness.” ~ The Buddha
Modern research concurs. We cannot be relaxed and stressed at the same time … or grateful and resentful … or forgiving and vengeful.
When we bring awareness to the present moment we can’t be regretting the past, or worrying about the future.
Quite simply, we cannot experience both positive emotions and negative emotions at the same time. Try to hold both at the same time right now. It isn’t possible.
Anxiety and relaxation can’t coexist. Neither can resentment and gratitude. When we become aware, we can choose to let gratitude in. We can choose to forgive… be kind… relax…
So, the next time you’re feeling anxious, see if you can deliberately relax by breathing deeply, releasing the tension in your body and smiling.
And, when you’re feeling resentful towards life or someone in it, see if you can let that emotion go by focusing on something you are truly grateful for.
Come into the present moment, notice without judgment your thoughts and feelings, then choose from your heart.
It will change your life.