Compassionate Attention Accepting emotions with compassion BY: Troy Murphy
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Emotional agitations obstruct enjoyment of life. The smallest deviations can excite the brain; rapid firing neurons give charge to feelings. This is the survival mechanism we must live with. It is discomforting for most. Lives lived in the dungeons of chaos bend to the abnormal, finding comfort in the flow of drama. The discord, oddly, is their normal state of mind. Quietness of mind is a stranger, provoking action to escort the unwelcome visitor from their minds.
Many have lost the skill of reflection, compiling the junk of the moment in the previously empty quiet places of their mind. But quiet reflection serves great purposes; true wisdom smolders in the recesses of our memories, in meditative quietness, experience ripens and teaches. Modern day gadgets, high action games, interactive social media, and constant beeping of smart phones have replaced reflection. Like chain smokers, any moment without our gadgets seems empty. The addiction to stimulation finds the calm mind, absorbed in self-aroused thought, discomforting, and in need of a "quick" fix, interrupting precious moments of quietness with "noise." A tweet, a post, an instagram crash through the disturbing silence and determine what thoughts we think, creating dependency on the outside and further distancing us from inner-experience.
"Many have lost the skill of reflection, compiling the junk of the moment in the previously empty quiet places of their mind."
The less time we visit the inner-reservoirs of wisdom—places of peace, the more discomforting we will find them. If we already find moments of quietness despairing, we have wounds to dress. We can direct attention away from the hurt through the noise of living or quietly begin healing through compassionate attention. Peace, be still.