Wisdom from Tara Brach for these difficult times. May we listen to our hearts and to our children. 🙏

“I’ve had many waves of anger, fear, and aversion in reaction to the harm being perpetrated in our society. In my own practice, it helps to keep starting right where I am, not judging my own reactions, thinking “I shouldn’t feel this.” Rather than trying to let go of these feelings, I often reflect that “this belongs,” it’s the inner weather of the moment. Then I can feel the fear or aversion with acceptance and kindness.

This also allows me to listen to the message of the emotions. Reactions of horror and outrage can be healthy and intelligent. They alert us to the very real suffering around us and they help move us toward action. When we accept and mindfully open to these emotions, they unfold to reveal the deep caring that is underneath. But this doesn’t happen if our minds fixate on stories of bad other. If we are lost in our stories, we are lost in our own egoic reactivity. To listen to the emotions and respond from our most awake heart, we need to make the U-Turn, coming out of stories and back to our vulnerability and our tender heart….

It’s essential to respond actively whenever possible and to stay in good touch with others who care. Our shared caring is what keeps hope alive in difficult times—it’s the strongest medicine. Here’s a quote from contemporary Bodhisattva, Fred Rogers:

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world.

We are not alone. People all over the globe share the same longing for a more loving, just, and peaceful world. People everywhere are opening to the sense of our true belonging with each other and all of life.

May the suffering of our times awaken our deepest understanding and compassion;
and may we respond in a way that serves healing and freedom…​”

~ Tara Brach

22 comments on “Listen to the Message of Emotions

  1. Amen to that! Nice post

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  2. We are indeed not alone.. and I agree.. we must listen to our hearts. And not be afraid to follow them. ❤

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  3. Human beings are indeed much the same everywhere on Earth. We laugh, we love, we work, and we suffer many of the same trails too!
    A delicate balance maintains the orbit of the planet. A delicate balance maintains our happiness.

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  4. Thoughts for now and forever

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  5. Wonderful post! It is good to care, kindness above all! Thanks

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  6. I love the gentle wisdom of Tara B. Thanks for sharing her words here, Val. ❤

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  7. I really fell over with the thought of ‘the helpers’. It explained everything and how I got to be where I am. Thanks for posting

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  8. This is just what I needed tonight…thank you! And for the Fred Rogers piece about “helpers,”–perfect at any age.

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  9. Wise words for us all. Thank you Val xx

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  10. Thank you Val, for sharing the wisdom of Tara and Fred. It will be easy to carry with me the notion of my “inner weather of the moment” and looking for “the helpers.”

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