Befriending our feelings – Part 2

Emotions are natural responses to the changing conditions of our lives. We put unnecessary pressure on ourselves if we feel that we ‘should’ be happy all the time.

Befriending our feelings

Many of our emotions, especially the very powerful ones, are connected to the bonds we feel with other human beings.

Developing insight

‘The man with insight enough to accept his limitations comes closest to perfection.’

The practice of RAIN

RAIN is a four step process which can help us transform how we approach our emotions.

The guest house

In his poem ‘The guest house’, the Sufi poet Rumi invites us to metaphorically open ourselves up to all visitors, just like a guest house which doesn’t get to choose who stays the night.

Happiness in a minor key

  How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false and true; But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face. (from When You Are Old, by William Butler Yeats)   To see the pilgrim soul of another person, to love […]