This week I talked a bit on Mindfulness of Emotions. From the Buddhist perspective you could say that emotions are psycho-biological phenomena. They exist in the mind as well as in the body. In fact, one perspective suggests they are first raw sensation, then form into thoughts.
We can think of emotions as E-Motion. Energy in motion. Anger is a great example. One can get a huge amount of housework done when one is really ticked off. Lots of energy.
In mindfulness meditation, we train ourselves to ‘stay with’ the energetic experience without adding anything more to it. When we can do that, strong feelings can move through us more quickly rather than sticking to us like velcro.
Liz passed along this comic, which offers an interesting angle on energy and emtotion: