When it comes to dealing with negative emotions, I’m sure you’ve heard about “positive thinking” or “positive visualization” for one lifetime.
But if you’re looking for a practical strategy that actually works, then check out these words from Master Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh.
In a brilliantly worded passage below, Thich Nhat Hanh advises us to welcome negative emotions rather than fight against them.
Because negative emotions are just as much a part of who we are as are positive emotions:
“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.”