Class Sayings and Wisdom from the Gurus!

floor-w-stephsimmonsphotos-3443I thought I would share this:-
Weathering Strong Emotions by Thich Nat Hanh
A strong emotion is like a storm. If you look at a tree in a storm, the top of the tree seems fragile, like it might break at any moment. You are afraid the storm might uproot the tree. But if you turn your attention to the trunk of the tree, you realise that its roots are deeply anchored in the ground and you see that the tree will be able to hold. You too are a tree. During a storm of emotion, you should not stay at the level of the head or the heart, which are like the top of the tree. You have to leave the heart, the eye of the storm, and come back to the trunk of the tree. Your trunk is 1cm below your navel, focus there, paying attention only to the movement of your abdomen, and continue to breathe, then you will survive the storm of strong emotion. It is essential to understand an emotion is merely something that arises, remains and then goes away. A storm, comes, it stays a while and then it moves away. At the critical moment, remember you are much more than your emotions, this is a simple thing that everybody knows but you may need to be reminded of it; you are much more than your emotions.
We are all faced with strong emotions, dramas, events and in practise it’s very easy to get carried away with the emotion of it, simply grounding yourself is such a beautiful way to keep lovely and calm.
Thich Nat Hanh is a very wise Buddhist monk who has written over 100 books. He is at present 92 years old. He looks much younger! We can all take a leaf out of his book I feel!
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