Breathing in, I know that this is only an emotion.  It’s not the whole of me.  I am more than any emotions.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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This is the post for May 22, 2015.  I am traveling today.

It is not unusual for some to avoid emotions.  To do so is to deny oneself, for we are emotional beings.  We do feel and experience life at a “feeling” level.

I suppose some avoid emotions because they are somewhat afraid of them.  They require one to think of a bad experience, and the bad feeling it brought on.

Ironically, avoidance does not extinguish the emotions or an event but rather just buries each within.  They still exist, we just “ignore” them in a conscious sense. And ignore them at a great cost.

Thich Nhat Hanh makes a very good and useful point.  Your emotions are not the sum of who you are.

For the Christian it is more accurate to say: I am not my emotions, but rather one within whom Christ dwells.

Think about it: Christ is your rock.

Rocks and emotions go nicely together.

What do I mean?

Think about what is said above and envision yourself as a rock; and, think of the stability that is in your divine identity.  Rock does not dissolve easily, nor does anything dissolve you or the Christ within you.

Emotions surely cannot dissolve rock, or Christ, or you with Christ within.

In Christ you are as a rock.

Each of us really understands in others only those feelings he (or she) is capable of producing himself.

Andre Gide

‘Tis better to acknowledge your emotional content.  Remember: Christ.  Rock.  You.

Shalom.

Please continue to share this with others.  God bless.

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