A lot of the time we turn on the television, [computer MY WORD], we read novels, we make phone calls–just to keep pain from making its appearance in our “living room.”
We practice the politics of subversion, we carry out a kind of boycott toward the negative seeds within us, and after a certain amount of time of doing this we create a situation of bad circulation. You know that when the blood is not circulating well in our body, we experience pains–headaches, for example. …
The same thing is true with regard to our consciousness.
If we practice the politics of repression and suppression, then we create a situation of bad circulation for our mental formations, such as fear, anger, despair, suffering.
And because things are not circulating properly in our conscious mind, then the symptoms of mental illness appear: depression and stress.
We should not adopt this boycott policy. On the contrary we should open our door so that our suffering can come out. … We have available to us an energy that should help us to care for our pain–the energy of mindfulness.
If we practice cultivating this energy of mindfulness every day, we will have enough of it to take care of our pains. Every time pain manifests, we will welcome it. We will really be there to take care of it, and the energy needed to take care of it is without a doubt the energy of mindfulness: “I am here for you, dear one, I am here for you.”
This means the mother is there for the baby, the energy of mindfulness is there to embrace the energy of pain.
–Thich Nhat Hanh–
Source: “True Love”
~Photography ©2014 AmyRose~
(Last image is of myself and one of our cats, Max …”Little Bear”)