Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Perpetuating Emotion

When I'm caught in the cycle of emotion, which I often am, and I feel that familiar burning in my body, I reach for all those usual comforts, but they never satisfy. It turns out, hearing myself, really listening, gives far greater comfort. This quote was a catalyst for me today, to really listen to myself, just as Eleanor Longden talks about in her TED talk below. We need to become friends with the voices in our heads. And we need to be kind to them.

“I recently read in the book My Stroke of Insight by brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor that the natural life span of an emotion—the average time it takes for it to move through the nervous system and body—is only a minute and a half. After that we need thoughts to keep the emotion rolling. So if we wonder why we lock into painful emotional states like anxiety, depression, or rage, we need look no further than our own endless stream of inner dialogue.” 
― Tara Brach

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