Gregg Braden talks about his new book, “Human by Design”
Dealing with Emotional Pain
I have just finished not only reading but studying “The 7 Laws of Spiritual Success.” I am incorporating each of the laws in my life the best I can. Some days it’s easier than others. I’m committed to getting better and following the laws, so I can have a happy and abundant life. My question is this: At those times when I experience true emotional pain and I’m not able to accept, detach or have faith because of the sheer emotional energy the pain has caused me, what do I do? How do I handle these emotions and how do I apply the laws?
It is vitally important in our spiritual path not to try or force an ideal behavior or attitude over our present experience. That emotional and mental strain only adds to our pain and discomfort. If we are in deep emotional pain or grief, then the way forward to self-awareness is to be with that pain, not to pretend it isn’t there or isn’t real. We allow our attention to simply be with our experience in its raw form, without the mind’s story of how it happened, who’s at fault, whether it’s unfair or unkind and what it will take to stop it. We be with the experience without judgment, neither agreeing or disagreeing with it. Often the best way to do this is noticing the physical sensation in the body that is associated with the emotional experience and then letting attention easily remain with that sensation. You can connect your breath with the sensation if you like to help your mind stay in the present experience and not wander too far off back into your old stories and judgment. In a little while, the sensation will diminish and fade away and you will feel the emotional pain is lighter or has lifted altogether. Now you are back in a state of balance where you can more effectively use the other spiritual laws.